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House Passes Classroom Camera Review Process Bill

Today, the House convened for Day 58 of the 2022 Legislative Session. The House concurred with the Senate to complete four bills. Twenty-five bills were passed before the House recessed at 12:45 p.m. Sixteen bills remain on third reading for consideration after the recess.

Senate Bill 25 amends the Medical Professional Liability Act by codifying a one-year statute of limitations for any cause of action for medical injury alleging medical professional liability against a nursing home, assisted living facility, their related entities or employees, or a distinct part of an acute care hospital. The bill also changes the time a certificate of merit should be received from 180 days to 120 days.

Senate Bill 172 increases the pay of elected county officials on July 1, 2022.

Senate Bill 253 designates the Secretary of State as the state’s liaison to the U.S. Census Bureau for redistricting for the federal census. The bill requires the county commissions to submit precinct information to the Secretary of State. A copy shall be submitted to the Present of the Senate, Speaker of the House, the Minority Leader of the Senate, and the Minority Leader of the House.

Senate Bill 261 allows school principals to designate another school administration to be the custodian of all the cameras, recordings, and access to recordings in special education classrooms. At least 15 minutes of each video are to be reviewed every 90 days. The bill also sets requirements for how long a recording should be retained. Delegates stressed the importance of these recordings to be reviewed to protect both students and teachers. The bill passed 100 to zero.

Senate Bill 493 requires county BOE to ensure all meetings are open to the public in person and that audio and video are available on its website. The bill requires all meeting minutes to record how each member votes on substantive matters and the minutes be posted online within two days. After approval, the minutes should remain on the website for at least one year.

Senate Bill 518 allows eligible professional nurses and advanced practice registered nurses to practice in WV. The bill also amends the section relating to temporary permits, so that the permit shall be effective until the board either approves or denies an endorsement request.

Senate Bill 570 establishes training for law-enforcement officers and correction officers regarding individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Senate Bill 571 directs the Auditor to pay claims against the state. The total for claims against the state is $510,552.43

The House is in recess until 1:45 p.m.

The House returned in the afternoon. The remainder of bills on third reading were passed and 14 completed. Twenty-five bills were on second reading and several were amended.

All bills on second reading from Senate Bill 533 to Senate Bill 726 were moved to the House Calendar.

The House is adjourned until 9 a.m. Friday, March 11, 2022.

Committees – Today

The Committee on Tourism and Economic Diversification will meet immediately after floor session in Room 215E.

Committees – Wednesday, March 9, 2022

The Committee on Rules will meet at 8:45 a.m.

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