WV Legislative Update - 4/6/12

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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.

My View from the Capitol:

The 2012 West Virginia Legislative Interim schedule has been announced. The dates are as follows:

  • April - No meetings
  • May 14th-16th
  • June 25th-27th
  • July 23rd-25th
  • August 13th-15th
  • September 10th-12th
  • October 8th-10th
  • November 26th-28th
  • December 10th-12th

2013 Regular Legislative Session

  • January 7th-9th, 2013 (January 9th will also be a 1-day Legislative Session)
  • February 10th-12th
  • February 13th at noon the 2013 Legislative Session Convenes

It is anticipated the topics to be studied this Interim cycle will be determined and/or announced at the May Interims.

This week, members of the Steptoe & Johnson Energy, Environmental and Government Relations Teams attended the Marcellus shale conference at The Greenbrier. Discussions were had with U.S. Senator Joe Manchin III, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, WV DEP Secretary Randy Huffman and Chief Counsel to the Governor, Kurt Dettinger.

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
  • 9 bills have been vetoed by the Governor
  • 206 bills have been signed by the Governor
  • 0 bills are pending the Governor's signature

News From Around the State:

DEP Reaches Pollution Settlements

http://dailymail.com/Business/201204010080

Governor OKs Century Tax Plan

http://dailymail.com/News/statenews/201204020143

Governor Still Optimistic About State?s Chances at a Cracker Plant

http://dailymail.com/Business/201204020063

Harrison County Drilling Site Shows Big Numbers

http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/568001.html

Gas is Still Expected to be a Boon to the Northern Panhandle

http://www.theintelligencer.net/page/content.detail/id/567981.html

Governor Vetoes Bills

http://dailymail.com/News/statehouse/201204030149

http://wvgazette.com/News/201204030276

WV Reduces UC Benefits

http://dailymail.com/News/201204030125

http://www.herald-dispatch.com/business/x439596620/W-Va-jobless-benefits-drop-from-20-to-13-weeks

Authors

Government Relations Coordinator
(304) 280-6966
Charleston, WV