House Legislation Feb. 15-21

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As of Friday, February 21, 2020, there have been 1,513 bills introduced in the House and 160 bills have been passed and now are before the Senate.

Senate Bill 560 permits nursing homes to use trained individuals to administer medication.

Senate Bill 620 authorizes the Division of Corrections to approve home plans for inmates.

Senate Bill 209 updates code that deals with annexation through minor boundary adjustment.

Senate Bill 339 authorizes the Department of Health and Human resources to promulgate legislative rules. This includes rules relating to the state medical cannabis program.

Senate Bill 573 supplements, amends and increases appropriations of public moneys for claims against state.

Senate Bill 623 allows a noncitizen of the United States eligible for a certificate to teach if he or she holds a valid Employment Authorization Document or work permit, issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

House Bill 4001 creates the West Virginia Impact Fund, its Investment Committee and the Mountaineer Impact Office to further economic development, infrastructure development and job creation in the State of West Virginia through investment of the assets of the fund.

House Bill 2775 requires high school students to take a one credit financial literacy course in order to graduate. This bill does not take away from any previous graduation requirements set forth by the Board of Education.

House Bill 4165 establishes the West Virginia Remembers Program. The bill authorizes the State Board of Education to maintain lists by county boards of veteran volunteers to speak in the public schools.

House Bill 4519 establishes a summer youth intern pilot program within Department of Commerce. The goal of this bill is to give students the opportunity to gain workplace experience while exploring interests for future careers.

House Bill 4621 creates the West Virginia FinTech Regulatory Sandbox, which enables a participant to obtain limited access to West Virginia’s financial services market to test innovative financial products or services prior to obtaining full state licensure or other authorization that otherwise may be required.

House Bill 4633 expands county commissions’ ability to dispose of county or district property to a nonprofit community or senior center organization without conducting a public sale.

House Bill 4729 requires higher education institutions to use previous versions or editions of instructional materials unless the board of governors approves need for most recent version or edition.

House Bill 2028 prohibits the state from requiring a public service district to have a state engineer on site during the entire construction period of projects on state rights-of-way

House Bill 4450 extends the expiration time for instruction permits issued by the Division of Motor Vehicles to persons who have reached the age of 18 years from 90 days to six months.

House Bill 4504 changes the application requirement for individuals with a permanent disability who must renew expired special registration plates and removable windshield placards.

House Bill 4543 aims to reduce the skyrocketing costs of insulin by capping the cost of a 30-day supply of insulin at $25 with insurance.

House Bill 4773 establish a workgroup study to develop statewide standards for adverse childhood trauma assessment protocols.

House Bill 4734 changes several parts of code that relate to registered professional nurses. Among many other changes, it renames The West Virginia Board of Examiners for Registered Professional Nurses to the West Virginia Board of Registered Nurses.

House Bill 4015 seeks to address economic development by permitting the existing insurance fund to insure additional broadband internet service. The bill also enacts the Vertical Real Estate Management and Availability Act, which defines the term and establishes how vertical real estate is to be managed.

House Bill 4422 prohibits anyone from attempting to derive a profit or personal gain from referring patients to a healthcare provider or facility. The bill establishes criminal penalties for any individual or business that engages in unlawful patient brokering.

House Bill 3098 allows the same business owner to brew and sell beer to also distill and sell liquor.

House Bill 2321 provides worker’s compensation for first responders diagnosed with PTSD. The PTSD must be the result of an event that occurred during their employment.

House Bill 4523 removes the limitation of number of apprentice hunting and trapping licenses a person may purchase.

House Bill 4557 includes the ability to impose civil penalties for good cause upon a facility providing care and treatment to mentally ill or intellectually disabled individuals and group residential homes treating behaviorally disabled individuals.