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The Legislature Convenes for Second Special Session

The House of Delegates and Senate convened for the Second Extraordinary Session of 2022 at noon on April 25, 2022. Seventeen bills were introduced in the House and 13 were introduced in the Senate. Thirteen bills completed during today’s early afternoon session.

House Bill 210 permits the use of air rifles when hunting. A person may use an air rifle to hunt when authorized under an existing stamp. The bill sets criteria for when air rifles may be used and sets caliber limits when hunting certain types of game.

House Bill 212 includes family court judges in the Judges’ Retirement System.

House Bill 214 updates the prescriptive authority of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurse removing the boards rulemaking authority regarding prescriptive authority. Both Pas and APNs would have the same prescriptive authority.

House Bill 215 creates a special revenue account called he Military Authority Reimbursable Expenditure Fund. The Adjutant General has the authority to administer the fund.  The bill requires the Adjutant General to reimburse the fund after receiving federal reimbursement moneys. The bill also expands the benefit eligibility of an active-duty service member’s child or spouse.

House Bill 216 modifies the WV Municipal Police Officer and Firefighter Retirement System and increases the multiplier to use in determining accrued benefits.

House Bill 217 provides $250,000,000 of funds to the miscellaneous boards and commissions from the Coronavirus State Fiscal Recovery Fund.

Senate Bill 2003 modifies service credit, retroactive provisions, and the refund of accumulated contributions for certain members of WV PERS.

Senate Bill 2004 allows retirants of PERS to designate a special needs trust as beneficiary.

Senate Bill 2005 authorizes the Commissioner of Workforce WV to create an Unemployment Compensation Insurance Fraud Unit. The bill establishes duties, training and experience requirements, and authorities needed for investigations.

Senate Bill 2007 amends the definitions of “applicant,” “associate broker,” “entity” and “salesperson” in the Real Estate Licensure Act.

Senate Bill 2008 creates a program for voluntary donations to the West Virginia University Rifle Team by including the option on an electronic application for hunting or fishing license.

Senate Bill 2009 establishes alternative educational opportunities for elective course credit. The bill requires the state BOE to establish, develop and maintain a program where students can earn elective course credit for extended learning opportunities outside of the traditional classroom setting.

Senate Bill 2013 prohibits the operation of an aircraft while under the influence of alcohol, controlled substance, or drugs. The bill establishes criminal penalties for sure.

The House is in recess until 7 p.m.

The Senate is adjourned until 8 a.m. tomorrow, April 26, 2022.


The House Finance Committee will meet at 3 p.m. in Room 460.

The House reconvened at 7 p.m. and concurred with the Senate to complete Senate Bill 2006.

Senate Bill 2006 adjusts the qualifications of members for boards, commissions, and other entities. The entities included in the bill are the Clay Center for the Arts, the Human Rights Commission, the Records Management and Preservation Board, the Tourism Advisory Council, the Public Employees Grievance Board, the Neighborhood Investment Program Advisory Board, the EMS Advisory Council, the Complete Streets Advisory Board, the Parkways Authority, the Public Transit Advisory Council, the WV Board of Education, the Higher Education Policy Commission, the Solid Waste Management Board, the Indigent Defense Commission, the State Lottery Commission, the Real Estate Appraisers Licensing and Certification Board, and the Contract Licensing Board.

Senate Bill 2001 was also introduced and read a first time. However, the body failed to suspend the rules to read second and third time.

The House is adjourned until 8 a.m. tomorrow, April 26, 2022.

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