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. Today marks the 59th day of the 60-day Legislative session.
Legislative Action by the Numbers:
- 1351 bills introduced in the House
- 678 bills introduced in the Senate
- 164 bills have passed the House
- 184 bills have passed the Senate
- 77 bills have passed both chambers and have completed Legislative action
- 11 bills have been signed by the Governor
- 7 bills are pending the Governor's signature
My View from the Capitol:
Today marks the 59th day of what certainly appears to have been one of the less controversial Legislative sessions in recent years. Highlights would include the early passing of the Marcellus shale legislation followed by the Cracker Tax Initiatives, both of which were proposed by Governor Tomblin. In addition, the Legislature receives high marks for addressing the OPEB (long-term indebtedness to the state) being the first in the nation to do so, as well as coal mine safety legislation.
It appears the Legislature will be in Charleston a few days longer as the Governor has extended the session to address the budget which should conclude by next week. There are rumors the Governor may also call the Legislature into a brief Special Session next week to pass legislation that would address the recent developments surrounding the anticipated re-opening of Century Aluminum.
News From Around the State:
?Marcellus Principles? in Moundsville
EPA to Tighten Scrutiny on Marcellus Shale in Pa.
Mine Safety Bill Passes
WV Budget Will Grow This Session
MSHA Missed Problems
Out of the Shale And Into Vehicles? Tanks
Gov. Tomblin Issues a Proclamation Extending the Legislative Session
Texting Ban Bill Set For Full House Vote
Senate Panel Limits Insurance Disclosure Bill to Auto Claims