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February 28, 2018 Senate Session


2018 Session

February 28, 2018

(Committee Abbreviation for Bill Location Is Below)

Bills with some movement are shaded

Bill No.




SB 2

Trump, Takubo, Rucker, Weld, Palumbo, Plymale, Prezioso, Unger, Woelfel, Cline, Baldwin, Maroney

Reducing use of opiates

Allows form by patient forbidding administration of opiates. Provider to counsel patient on use of opiates. Limits the length of prescription. To SHHR then SJ.

SB 3

Trump, Cline

Relating to venue for certain claims against state

Allows Open Meetings Act suits to be brought in county where body regularly meets. To SJ.

SB 6

Maynard, Rucker, Karnes, Woelfel

Establishing education savings accounts for WV students

Administered by Treasurer. One use is for tuition and fees at colleges. To SE then SF.

SB 7

Trump, Cline, Takubo

Requiring employee to provide written notice to employer of nonpayment of wages

Employee could not bring action for non-payment unless notice given to employer and employer does not cure within 20 days. Passed Senate. In HJ.

SB 11

Stollings, Ojeda, Prezioso,

Plymale, Takubo

Relating generally to traumatic brain injury

Reports and assistance by WVU Center for Excellence in Disabilities. To SHHR then SE.

SB 20

Maynard, Cline

Requiring election of State BOE members

Nonpartisan election required. Probably cannot happen without constitutional amendment. To SE then SGO.

SB 29


Requiring school counselors to advise graduating students on availability of student aid

Also requires students to apply for aid. To SE.

SB 36

Plymale, Woelfel

Relating generally to DNA testing

Requires Marshall University to identify human remains through DNA instead of Medical Examiner. Passed Senate. In HJ.

SB 44


Increasing criminal penalties for certain crimes against law-enforcement officers

Increases imprisonment for assault. To SJ.

SB 56

Romano, Ojeda, Stollings, Maroney

Increasing state employees' pay over 2-year period

$1000 increase in 2018 and 2019. May not add to base. To SGO then SF.

SB 64

Prezioso, Boso

Requiring minimum standards of universal design for disabled persons in certain newly constructed buildings

As described. To SGO.

SB 66

Weld, Cline, Plymale, Prezioso

Relating to in-state tuition rates for members of National Guard, military and reserve units

Expands in-state rates to reservists and active members of military. Passed SM, now in SE, then SF.

SB 68

Ojeda, Stollings

Creating Returning Veterans and Displaced Miners Jobs Act

Chancellor of HEPC or designee on Veterans Job Coordinating Team. To assist those stated. To SW then SF.

SB 83


Relating to higher education student success

Colleges to provide each year employment statistics for each area of study. HEPC and CTC to promulgate rules. Institutions to lose $100 per student in funding if they participate in certain incentive programs but gain up to $1000 per student in incentives for graduation. Graduates residing in state to claim $2000 tax credit. To SE then SF. In SE subcommittee.

SB 93

Karnes, Rucker, Maynard

Establishing WV Freedom of Conscience Protection Act

Government cannot take action that would burden a person’s exercise of religion unless compelling need found. To SGO then SJ.

SB 99

Palumbo, Ojeda, Beach

Prohibiting discrimination based on age or sexual orientation in certain circumstances

As described. To SJ.

SB 101

Trump, Takubo, Woelfel

Creating one-day special license for charitable events to sell nonintoxicating beer

As described. Includes athletic events. To SJ.

SB 103


Establishing tax credits for certain physicians who locate in WV to practice

Tac Commissioner to set. Passed SHHR now in SF.

SB 105

Baldwin, Ojeda

Establishing tax credit for certain college graduates who remain in state

Sets a tax credit for both students and employers. To SE then SF.

SB 111

Trump, Rucker, Maynard, Karnes

Enacting Forming Open and Robust University Minds Act

Sets forth parameters for free speech and assembly on campuses. HEPC and CTC to adopt rules setting policy. Institutions can be held liable for violating. To SE (sent to subcommittee) then SJ.

SB 121

Plymale, Stollings

Licensing practice of athletic training

Athletic trainers holding themselves out as such must be licensed. To SGO then SJ.

SB 124

Karnes, Rucker, Maynard, Takubo

Providing authorization and oversight of public charter schools

Chancellor of HEPC one of 9 members of Charter School Authorization and Authorizer Board. To SE then SF.

SB 129

Baldwin, Ojeda, Beach, Woelfel

Limiting time prescriptions may be issued for certain controlled substances

May not prescribe more than seven days’ supply upon initial consultation. To SHHR then SJ.

SB 149

Trump, Takubo, Woelfel

Establishing safeguards for treatment of acute pain and opioid medications

Limits length of prescriptions. To SHHR.

SB 151


Creating Appropriation Supremacy Act of 2018

Budget bill to trump general legislation on expenditures. Passed SJ now in SF.

SB 251

Azinger, Cline

Relating to administration of Naloxone or other approved opioid antagonist by first responders

May administer if trained. To SHHR then SJ.

SB 253

Plymale, Unger, Boso

Relating generally to associate of science degrees which target workforce needs

Allows SBOE to accredit schools other than higher ed, to approve applied associate of science degrees that target workforce needs. To SE then SF.

SB 257

Azinger, Cline

Creating WV Counseling Protection Act

Prohibits government agencies from putting prohibitions on counseling addressing unwanted sexual behaviors. To SHHR then SJ.

SB 259

Jeffries, Stollings, Gaunch, Romano, Swope

Clarifying process to assess lowest qualified bidder in government construction contracts

May address alternates. To SGO then SJ.

SB 271

Carmichael (Mr. President), Prezioso

Creating centralized Share Services Section of Department of Administration

For accounting and financial reporting services. Sets deadlines for consolidated annual financial reports. Use of shared services voluntary unless agency falls below certain baselines. Passed Senate. In HGO then HF.

SB 272

Carmichael (Mr. President), Prezioso

Relating generally to drug control

New reporting of overdoses by hospitals. First responders administer Naloxone. Passed Senate. In HPTS then HF.

SB 273

Carmichael (Mr. President), Prezioso

Reducing use of opiates

Provides for nonopiate advance directive forms. Requires opiate counseling. Limits prescription length. Passed Senate. To HHHR then HJ.

SB 277

Karnes, Drennan, Rucker, Boso, Cline

Allowing public employees to cash out their retirement plans in lieu of pension payments

Able to obtain present value. Passed SP now in SF.

SB 281

Gaunch, Maynard, Baldwin, Boso, Clements, Jeffries, Maroney, Palumbo, Smith Sypolt, Takubo, Weld, Cline

Relating to state's spending units

Heads of spending units to attend annual training on General Accepted Accounting. Penalties if data for final closing of audit not available on time. Administrative head not complying subject to $100 a day fine. To SGO.

SB 283

Carmichael (Mr. President), Prezioso

Relating generally to procurement by state agencies

Provides for direct awards without competitive bids. Gives other options in selection of architect-engineer services. Certain cost limits raised from $50,000 to $1 million. Passed Senate. In HGO then HF.

SB 284

Carmichael (Mr. President), Prezioso

Increasing access to career education and workforce training

Creates pathways to associate degree or certificates in partnerships between SBOE and CTCs. Free CTC tuition for persons in those programs. Drug testing required. Two year commitment to work in state. Passed Senate. To HE then HF.

SB 287

Gaunch, Maynard, Baldwin, Boso, Clements, Jeffries, Maroney, Smith Sypolt, Takubo, Weld, Cline, Rucker, Stollings

Creating and maintaining centralized state vehicle inventory system

Fleet Management Office in Administration. Agency reports on vehicles required. Approval of vehicle purchases. To SGO then SF.

SB 303

Carmichael (Mr. President), Prezioso, Gaunch, Plymale, Boso

Relating to debarment of vendors seeking to provide goods and services to state and its subdivisions

Provides grounds for vendors not being allowed to bid on state purchases. To SGO then SJ.

SB 304

Carmichael (Mr. President), Takubo, Blair, Plymale

Relating to authorization and establishment of charter schools

Up to two charter schools can be authorized. Must be aligned with a higher education institution. To SE then SF.

SB 312

Ferns, Takubo

Exempting certain employers from discriminating against tobacco users

Health care facilities could discriminate against tobacco users. To SJ.

SB 313

Gaunch, Azinger, Boso, Karnes, Maynard, Ojeda, Palumbo, Romano, Rucker, Baldwin, Cline, Stollings, Prezioso, Plymale

Waiving occupational fees and licensing requirements for certain low-income individuals, military families, and young workers

Those with gross income at or below 130% of federal poverty line, those between 18-25, discharged veterans. Need not pay any business or occupational licensing fee. To SGO then SF.

SB 314

Romano, Baldwin, Clements, Facemire, Karnes, Ojeda, Swope, Trump, Woelfel, Stollings, Cline

Modifying procedure certain public agencies use to contract for architectural and engineering services

May discuss among three firms and then accept bids as to fees. To STI then SF.

SB 318

Jeffries, beach, Prezioso, Romano, Smith, Facemire, Takubo

Requiring influenza immunizations for health care workers

Paid or unpaid workers in health care facilities. Once a year. Suspended until immunized. Penalty for false certificate or employer not requiring. To SHHR then SF.


SB 319

Rucker, Azinger, Drennan, Gaunch, Karnes, Smith, Sypolt, Trump, Unger, Cline, Boso, Plymale, Clements, Maroney Takubo

Allowing individuals who completed home schooling be eligible for PROMISE scholarship without equivalent diploma

Removes GED requirement. No diploma required. GPA requirement removed for all high school students. On Senate floor. To HE then HF.

SB 326

Weld, Takubo, Cline, Trump

Protecting certain individuals from civil liability for damages when removing domesticated animal from locked or unattended vehicle

Good Samaritan rule. Can take action to remove without liability. To SJ.

SB 329

Weld, Cline, Drennan, Ferns

Relating to prescribing opioids

Limitations on prescriptions. To SHHR then SJ.

SB 330

Sypolt, Azinger, Karnes, Mann, Maynard, Rucker

Relating to exemptions from mandated immunizations

Allows college students, among others, to opt out. SHHR then SJ.

SB 340

Gaunch, Blair

Relating to employer-employee cost-sharing ratio of premiums for PEIA active members

Employer share cannot be more than 80%. Employee share made more flexible. To SGO then SF.

SB 342

Blair, Boso

Requiring agencies provide annual inventory of real property holdings to Real Estate Division

Exemption for higher ed removed. To HGO.

SB 346

Maynard, Cline

Permitting full-time nonresident students purchase lifetime resident hunting, trapping and fishing licenses

Removes prohibition. Passed Senate. In HANR then HF.

SB 355

Gaunch, Blair