House Legislation (2/10/21-2/25/21)

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As of Friday, February 26, 2021, 766 bills have been introduced to the House. Of those bills, 24 have passed and advanced to the Senate.

House Bill 2001 establishes the Jumpstart Savings Program.

House Bill 2003 clarifies the authority and obligations of the Governor and Legislature relating to declared state of emergencies and preparedness.

House Bill 2005 provides healthcare costs transparency to West Virginians and regulates out-of-state and non-network facility providers.

House Bill 2006 transfers the West Virginia Contractor Licensing Act from administration and regulation by the Division of Labor to regulation under the provisions of professions and occupations in chapter 30 of WV Code. The Division of Labor would continue to perform inspections. The bill continues the prerequisites to obtaining building permits and mandatory written contracts for certain work. The board is authorized to grant reciprocity and provide training. The bill also restricts municipalities, local governments, and counties from requiring a license at their jurisdictional level to perform contracting work.

House Bill 2007 provides occupational licenses and other authorizations to practice to qualified applicants from other states.

House Bill 2008 changes requirements for licensing elevator mechanics, HVAC, electricians, and plumbers.

House Bill 2009 limits the use of wages and agency shop fees by employers and labor organizations for political activities. It prohibits employers from intimidating employees to make political contributions or engage in political activity. It also prohibits employers from withholding or diverting employee’s pay for political activities, unless given written authorization.

House Bill 2011 eliminates any hour requirement for part time personnel in professional services with or without administrative duties during a working year.

House Bill 2012 adds virtual public charter schools as an option and would increase the total of number of potential public charter schools

House Bill 2014 specifies that the Legislature is to appropriate federal funds by the state constitution. It limits the gubernatorial authority to spend federal funds without the appropriation of the Legislature.

House Bill 2019 reorganizes and re-designates the Development Office as the Department of Economic Development and the Tourism Office as the Department of Tourism.

House Bill 2094 allows for the juvenile restorative justice program to include other offenses. It also states that the offender can only complete the program once.

House Bill 2184 creates a new crime and sets penalties for exposing government representatives to fentanyl or other harmful drugs or chemical agents.

House Bill 2253 sets penalties for violating the State Lottery Act, relating to forgery, and counterfeiting of lottery tickets.

House Bill 2260 removes the requirement that Health and Human Resource contracts with child-placing agencies be submitted to the Purchasing Division. Instead, the agency would develop requirements for performance-based contracts, which would be used for child placement.

House Bill 2262 changes who reports and reviews the controlled substance monitoring databases.

House Bill 2263 updates the regulations and regulates the reimbursements of pharmacy benefit managers. It expands the freedom of consumer choice for pharmacies and pharmacy benefit managers.

House Bill 2264 expands the definition of hospital services.

House Bill 2325 removes the requirement for barbers and cosmetologists to complete continuing education to renew their licenses. The bill also prevents the Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists from regulating the use of beauty products that are commonly available as retail, consumer products.

House Bill 2358 updates the meaning of federal adjusted gross income and certain other terms used in West Virginia Personal Income Tax Act.

House Bill 2359 updates the meaning of the federal taxable income and certain other terms used in the West Virginia Corporation Net Income Tax Act.

House Bill 2366 requires agencies proposing rules that would adjust fees or other special revenues to provide a fiscal note to the committee.

House Bill 2372 allows pre-candidacy papers to be filed the day after the general election.

House Bill 2500 establishes a statewide uniformity for auxiliary container regulations.