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W.Va. lawmakers passed a variety of bills

March 10, 2014
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Legislature passed about 200 bills during its 60-day legislative session, which wrapped up Saturday.

After the House or Senate sends Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin a bill, he has 15 days to sign it, veto it or let it become law without his endorsement.

Here is a look at what passed this legislative session.

— Water resources protection (SB 373): includes new requirements for aboveground storage tank inspections, medical monitoring, early detection technology at water plants, plans to protect against pollutants in drinking water supplies. The bill reacts to the Jan. 9 chemical spill into 300,000 West Virginians' public water supply.

— Minimum wage (HB 4283): raises the $7.25 hourly minimum wage by 75 cents a year in Jan. 2015 and by another 75 cents in Jan. 2016.

— Municipal gun laws (SB 317): lets people with concealed-carry permits bring guns to city-owned recreational facilities, including swimming pools and after-school centers.

— Teacher pay raises (SB 391): provides $1,000 across-the-board raises for teachers and 2 percent raises for service personnel.

— Twenty-week abortion ban (HB 4588): prohibits abortions later than 20 weeks after conception; a similar law in Arizona was struck down in court and the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up an appeal.

— College sports wine sales (SB 450): allows the sale of wine at Division I college and university sports stadiums; also, lets restaurants with outdoor dining areas that extend to the sidewalk serve liquor.

— Electronic tolls (HB 4156): lets future highway projects include electronic tolling systems.

— West Virginia Tourism Development Act (HB 4184): provides a tax credit of up to $2.5 million annually for 10 years for new projects at The Greenbrier, including a medical facility.

— Banning synthetic hallucinogens (HB 4208): bans a variety of synthetic drugs.

— Electronic cigarettes (HB 4237): outlaws the sale of vapor-based e-cigarettes and other alternative nicotine products to children under 18; covers toothpicks, lozenges, and other non-tobacco products that are chewed, absorbed or otherwise ingested.

— Pregnant Workers' Fairness Act (HB 4284): lets pregnant employees request modified duties and other accommodations, like bathroom breaks and help with manual labor, as long as they do not place undue hardship on employers; requires employers to provide nursing women time to express breast milk; bars employers from turning away a qualified job applicant out of concern she might ask the employer to make some adjustments due to her pregnancy.

— Ethics Commission (HB 4298): changes the composition of the state Ethics Commission from 12 to nine members, including one from a rural area.

— Sexual assault nurse network (HB 4236): creates a commission to regulate registered nurses who are trained to care for sexual assault victims at county and state levels; creates structure where evidence can be removed properly and later used in court.

— Project Launchpad Act (HB 4343): lets the governor approve 10 statewide economic development zones in areas that would offer tax incentives to new or expanding technology companies.

— Dangerous Wild Animals Act (HB 4393): prohibits the sale and ownership of wild and dangerous animals like bears, large cats, constricting snakes and alligators; creates permit system for people who owned wild animals before this law takes effect; exempts certain entities, like zoos and veterinary facilities.

— Use of teacher planning periods (SB 477): states that teachers cannot be required to use planning periods to attend parent-teacher conferences, individualized education program meetings or teacher evaluation conferences.

 
 

 

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