Friday, March 1, 2024
Friday, March 1, 2024

House Passes Bill to Create School Security Officers

It was a long floor session in the House today. The House concurred with the Senate on two bills to complete legislative action.

House Bill 4801 prohibits the State Treasure from entering term or condition contracts. The bill also requires the State Treasure to announce the commencement of the WV Security for Public Deposits Program by publishing a notice in the State Register at least 30 days before the commencement. The Senate amended the bill by making the text match that of Senate Bill 455. The House concurred to complete Legislative action.

Senate Bill 300 clarifies that although the Office of the Inspector General is housed within the Department of Health, it is a separate and autonomous office. The House concurred to complete Legislative action.

Nine bills passed today in the House, including the following:

House Bill 4851 allows public and private schools to employ school security officers. SSOs must be retired law-enforcement officers in good standing. The individuals must complete training and certification courses in relevant state and federal laws, school and personal liability issues, security awareness, mediation and conflict resolution, de-escalation, disaster and response, awareness of racism, cultural diversity, and implicit bias, working with students with disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, mental health needs, substance use disorders, and past traumatic experiences, and student behavior dynamics. SSOs are limited to taking a student into detention. With the appropriate training, SSOs will be permitted to carry a firearm. An amendment was adopted to remove the words “systemic and individual” regarding racism.

House Bill 5054 creates license types for birthing centers. The bill streamlines administrative requirements and processes for birthing centers to make them more consistent with other OHFLAC-regulated facilities.

House Bill 5064 removes the loan value of a motor vehicle be less than $9,500 to allow auto dealers, licensed automobile auctioneers, motor vehicle repair facilities, or towing companies upon whose property or place of business an abandoned or junked motor vehicle has been abandoned to obtain a certificate of title and registration for the abandoned motor vehicle or junked vehicle.

House Bill 5057 sets the referral fee for an insurance company or producer to a one-time fee of no more than $100.

House Bill 5298 prohibits unsuccessful candidates in a primary election from being nominated by a different political party for placement on the subsequent general election ballot.

Bills introduced today can be found here.
Resolutions introduced today can be found here

The House is adjourned until tomorrow, February 9, 2023, at 11 a.m.

Committee Meetings, today Feb. 8
The Committee on Technology and Infrastructure will meet at 3 p.m. in Room 434.
 The Committee on Health and Human Resources will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Room 215E.
The Committee on Economic Development and Tourism will meet at 4 p.m. in Room 410.

Committee Meetings, tomorrow Feb. 9 
The Finance Committee will meet at 9 a.m. in Room 460 for Budget Hearings, a meeting to follow. Feb.
The Judiciary Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m. in Room 410.
The Education Committee will meet at 10 a.m. in Room 434.
The Rules Committee will meet at 10:45 a.m. behind the House Chamber.
The Judiciary Committee will meet after the floor session in Room 410.

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