Welcome to the 2012 Legislative Brief, your one-stop shop for legislative news from a variety of sources throughout West Virginia, and my view of legislative happenings on the horizon. The regular 60-day Legislative Session as well as the First Special Session have both adjourned.
Legislative Action by the Numbers:
- 1351 bills introduced in the House
- 678 bills introduced in the Senate
- 200 bills were passed in the West Virginia House
- 233 bills were passed in the West Virginia Senate
- 213 bills have passed both the Senate and House Chambers during the Regular Legislative Session
- 2 bills have been vetoed by the Governor
- 79 bills have been signed by the Governor
- 22 bills are pending the Governor's signature
My View from the Capitol:
Last week, as predicted, the West Virginia Legislature passed the 2012/2013 fiscal budget. In addition, the Legislature held a brief one-day Special Session to address the pending reopening of Century Aluminium. The State Legislature will begin their monthly Legislative Interim Meetings in April and continue each month thereafter through the remainder of the year. Stay tuned for interim studies to potentially look at not only the energy sector, but health care, taxes, workers' compensation, civil justice, education and countless others.
This week, members of the Steptoe & Johnson Energy, Environmental and Government Relations Team attended the Marcellus Shale Coalition meetings in Washington, D.C. Meetings were held on Capitol Hill with members of the West Virginia Delegation including, Senator Joe Manchin, Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito and Congressman David McKinley.
News From Around the State:
Lawmakers Pass $11.6 Billion Budget
DEP Launches Horizontal Drilling Info Web Page
Kabler: The Real Prize in Cracker Plant
Two Marcellus Conferences Being Held in WV
Ceremony Marks Signing of Mine Safety Bill
WV Ranks 2nd in Jobs Growth Says Study
DEP: Cracker Would Face Air Permit Challenges