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Sunday, July 3, 2022

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House Completes Day 60 Calendar

The House returned from recess to complete its calendar.

Senate Bill 536 increases the penalties for fentanyl possession to a $50,000 fine or 3 to 15 years in state prison, or both. The bill also increases the penalties for transporting fentanyl into the state. The increased penalty is a $50,000 fine or 10 to 20 years in prison or both. The bill was also amended to state that if anyone who is 21 years or older uses a minor to distribute a controlled substance is guilty of a felony and shall be fined up to $10,000 and imprisoned for up to 5 years or both.

Senate Bill 582 creates the WV Workforce Resiliency Act and the Recovery and Hope Act. It establishes the Workforce Resiliency Office and the State Recovery and Hope Office.

Senate Bill 588 establishes the WV Rail Trails Program consisting of rail-to-trail and rail with trail programs. It expands State Rail Authority to acquire railroad rights-of-way and land for both trail programs.

Senate Bill 590 creates a pilot program in Cabell County to study the uniqueness of recovery residences as they relate to the landlord-tenant law. The program is to determine equitable resolution when circumstances arise which bring about an unanticipated cession of an individual’s participation in a recovery residence program.

Senate Bill 653 keeps Fairmont State University and Pierpont Technical College from reunifying. The bill also transfers Pierpont’s aviation maintenance program to FSU.

Senate Bill 138 reduces the number of board members on the WV Board of Medicine from 16 to 15 members, removing one of the two podiatrist seats.

The House is in recess until 7:30 p.m.

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