Status of 2021 Bills by Topic/Subject

Consumer Protection, Civil Justice, Courts

 

Passed

  • SB 5 – Relating to claims arising out of WV Consumer Credit and Protection Act
  • SB 401 – Relating to the WV Consumer Credit and Protection Act
  • SB 277 – West Virginia COVID-19 Jobs Protection Act – relating to COVID liability
  • SB 275 – WV Appellate Reorganization Act / Creating Intermediate Court of Appeals
  • HJR 2 – A constitutional amendment that would cut loose future impeachment proceedings of the state legislature from all constitutional restraint. The amendment would make it so that no court in the state could intervene to protect the right to a fair hearing of a public official facing impeachment, no matter how frivolous the charge or constitutionally flawed the process.

Defeated 

  • SB 569 – Relating to damages for medical monitoring – House rejected 62-38. On the last day of the session a motion to reconsider the bill and recall it from the Senate was also rejected. 

 

Constitutional Amendments, Article V Convention of the States

 

Passed

Defeated 

  • HJR 1 – “Education Accountability Amendment” – Would have let the legislature amend or reject state Board of Education policies.
  • SJR 9 – Disabled Veterans’ Exemption from Ad Valorem Property Taxation Amendment – Would have given the legislature authority to exempt veterans who are awarded 100 percent service-connected disability from paying all or part of the property taxes on their residences.
  • SJR 11 – Constitutional Officer Term Limit Amendment – Would limit the Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Agriculture and Attorney General to serving no more than three consecutive terms. Eli Baumwell: Term limits, constitutional measures undemocratic (Opinion)
  • SB 332 – Providing procedure for WV to select delegates to Article V Convention – Although SB 332 passed both houses, when the bill was returned to the Senate after being amended by the House, the lead sponsor, Senator Karnes (R-Randolph) made a motion that the Senate refuse to recede and further amend the bill by including the provisions of SCR 5, urging Congress call Article V convention to impose fiscal restraints on federal government. The amendment was adopted on a voice vote. The Senate then asked the House to concur, but it did not act on the Senate message before the Legislature adjourned. 

 

Criminal Justice

 

Passed

Defeated

  • HB 2257 – Would have added up to 10 years of extended supervision for people with drug offenses after they completed their underlying sentence, including any period of parole. Violation of the supervision would result in additional incarceration of up to 10 years. The bill was not taken up by the Senate Judiciary Committee. 
  • HB 2017 – The Senate turned what started as a 400-page rewrite of the state’s criminal code was turned into a two-page bill that asks the West Virginia Sentencing Commission to review the House version as part of its work reviewing state sentencing guidelines. 

 

Education, Public Employees

 

Passed

  • HB 2012 – Charter schools expansion
  • HB 2013 – Education savings accounts
  • HB 3293 – Transgender athlete ban
  • SB 11 – Making work stoppage by public employees illegal

Defeated

 

Elections

 

Passed

  • HB 2927 – Caregivers as Candidateswould help candidates with caregiving responsibilities run for office by adding caregiving expenses to the list of lawful campaign expenditures.

Defeated 

  • SB 565 – Relating generally to elections – would have eliminated the most popular days of early voting, gutted automatic voter registration, and started the process of removing voters from rolls after two years (instead of four) if someone hasn’t voted. House Judiciary did not take up after public hearing

 

Energy and Environment

 

Passed

  • HB 3310 –  Authorizing power purchase agreements (PPAs)
  • HB 2667 – Creating a cost savings program for state buildings through energy efficiency
  • HB 2382 – Water Quality Standards update
  • HB 2500 –  Creating an act for Statewide Uniformity for Auxiliary Container Regulations – this would prevent local governments from banning straws and other disposable utensils and containers, solely based on what they’re made of.
  • SB 492 – Reclamation bonding for wind and solar facilities
  • SB 542 – Relating generally to public electric utilities and facilities fuel supply for existing coal-fired plants – requires coal-fired power plants to keep 30-days coal supply under contract

Defeated

  • HB 2598 – Amending the Aboveground Storage Tank Act, which would have exempted hundreds of tanks owned and operated by the oil and gas industry that are closest to water intakes
  • SB 303 – Creating Local Government Labor and Consumer Marketing Regulatory Limitation Act. Would have stripped local governments of their ability to pass laws concerning the environment, employment and workers’ rights issues, public health and beyond.

 

Guns

 

Passed 

  • HB 2694 – Creating the 2nd Amendment Preservation Act – The Senate Judiciary Committee took out language that would have prohibited state and local officers from enforcing federal gun safety laws stricter than state law. Instead the bill prohibits “federal commandeering” of local law officers. On Saturday the bill was amended further to respond to President Biden’s announcement on Thursday that he plans to take executive action on gun violence. The bill would prohibit courts from issuing “red flag” orders, which allow guns to be seized from those deemed a threat to themselves or others.

Defeated

  • SJR 1 – Protection of the Right to Bear Arms Amendment – would have prohibited counties and municipalities from adopting any ordinances that are “contrary to or more restrictive than state law governing the sale, transfer, possession, use, storage, taxation, registration, licensing, or carrying of firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories.”
  • SB 246, SB 570, HB 2364, HB 3022 – Bills allowing concealed guns in public schools and on college campuses

 

Health Care 

 

Passed

  • HB 2266 – Relating to expanding certain insurance coverages for pregnant women
  • HB 2982 – “Second Chances at Life Act of 2021” 
  • SB 334 – Establishing license application process for needle exchange programs
  • SB 12 – Requiring county commissions (or other appointing entities) to approve all new rules and any amendments to existing rules from local boards of health.

Not Taken Up – Pending in House Health

  • HB 2278 – CHIP buy-in program
  • HB 2611 – Creating Minority Health Advisory Team
  • HB 2708 – Relating to required health insurance coverage for diabetics
  • HB 3001 – Medicaid buy-in program

 

Kid and Families 

 

Passed

  • HB 2363 – “Best Interests of the Child Protection Act of 2021” – The Senate Judiciary Committee amended the bill to preserve the best interest of the child while addressing some concerns shared by advocates for the original House.

 

Racial Justice, Non-Discrimination

 

Not Taken Up – Pending in Committee

  • HB 2216 – Creating Minority Health Advisory Team
  • HB 2698 & SB 108 – CROWN Act

Defeated

  • HB 2174 – West Virginia Monument and Memorial Protection Act of 2021 

 

Tax and Budget 

 

Passed 

Defeated

  • HB 2493 – Changing the methodology for evaluating coal properties
  • HB 3300 – Personal income tax elimination/phase out

 

Workers – Contractor Licensing, Skilled Trades, etc. 

 

Passed

  • HB 2006 & HB 2008 – Relax contractor licensing and licensure of various skilled trades including elevator mechanics, crane operators, HVAC, electricians, and plumbers making it easier for out of state contractors to come to WV with an army of untrained workers. HB 2008 also defunds the office of Commissioner of Labor and attacks apprenticeship programs offered by local unions.
  • SB 11 – Making work stoppage by public employees illegal 
  • SB 277 – West Virginia COVID-19 Jobs Protection Act – relating to COVID liability
  • SB 275 – WV Appellate Reorganization Act / Creating Intermediate Court of Appeals – Makes significant changes to workers compensation 

Defeated

  • SB 7 – Limiting political activity by public employees 
  • SB 303 – Creating Local Government Labor and Consumer Marketing Regulatory Limitation Act. Would have stripped local governments of their ability to pass laws concerning the environment, employment and workers’ rights issues, public health and beyond.
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