From the House to Your Home: Summary of the Second Special Session of the 85th Legislature

The House of Delegates and Senate convened for the Second Extraordinary Session of 2022 at noon on April 25, 2022 and concluded the following day. The purpose was to pass bills that were supported by a huge majority but failed to finish the process on the last day. As you may know the session ends at midnight on day 60 no matter what. This session coincided with interim meetings just as the first special session in January did to not add additional costs to state government.

House Bill 210 (Was HB 4441 during regular session/cosponsor) permits the use of large caliber air rifles when hunting. When I learned this was illegal in WV, I changed it!

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

House Bill 214 (Was HB 4441 during regular session/cosponsor) updates the prescriptive authority of physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurse removing the boards rulemaking authority regarding prescriptive authority. Both PAs and APRNs would have the same prescriptive authority.

House Bill 215 creates a special revenue account called the 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. This allows matching grant opportunities for our cities and counties for infrastructure. I have alerted our City Council and County Commission so they can apply.

 Senate Bill 2001 discontinues the revolving loan from the Board of Treasury Investments to the Economic Development Authority upon the authority’s receipt of an appropriation by the legislature. The bill requires the Board of Treasury Investments to make a revolving loan available to the Department of Transportation. A special revenue fund shall be established to receive loan moneys. The bill permits the Secretary of Transportation to make certain expenditures of loan moneys and requires the secretary to reimburse the fund upon receipt of federal reimbursement moneys. The bill allows the board of Treasury Investments to inspect records related to the fund. A sunset date of June 30, 2027 is set. The bill establishes accounting and auditing standards. The bill provides that documents and materials related to high-impact economic development projects are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. This bill was necessary so that the $600 million appropriated to these funds had specific parameters in place. The regular session bill was vetoed due to technical reasons. We did not want the appropriated money to not have clear definitions for use.

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.

I hope you found this helpful. If any questions feel free to contact me.

Delegate Amy Summers (304-842-7958 home, 304-340-3210 office, 98 Meadland Rd., Flemington, WV 26347, [email protected])


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