The last day to introduce a bill at the Legislature is on the 41st day of session, which was Monday, March 25th. Ever since we have reached the half-way point in this legislative session, the Senate has been working non-stop to introduce and pass beneficial bills for the great state of West Virginia.
As of last Friday, we have passed 78 bills alone on the Senate side. I know by the end of this session, that number will continue to grow. There are still numerous bills that are in the process of getting out of committees and onto the Senate floor for a chance at passage.
At the last minute, we were able to introduce Senate Bill 658, which would extend the time the Madison City Council has to meet as a levying body. The purpose of said bill is to present to the voters an election to supplement current funds for the city police department, the city street department, recreation and for general government and for the purpose of paying all costs incurred in the laying of this additional levy. This bill passed in the Senate and is currently in the House Political Subdivisions Committee.
Amongst those bills, Senate Bill 415 would require multi-disciplinary teams to be called together quarterly to discuss children in the custody of the Division of Juvenile Services. The bill states that the director of the facility may call a multi-disciplinary team meeting to discuss the child if the child has been detained for more than sixty days without an active service plan. Team members would also be notified that he or she may participate electronically. The ideal goal of this bill would be to cut down on recidivism or the repetition of undesirable behavior. This bill is currently standing in the Senate Government Organization Committee.
Another noteworthy bill, Senate Bill 158, creates the Complete Streets Act. This act encourages safe, efficient, and convenient streets for all travelers. To me, this bill is important for the safety of West Virginians when engaging in the simple task of commuting across the State. This bill that I cosponsor, passed the Senate unanimously and is currently in the House Government Organization committee.
In the committee I chair, Senate Health and Human Resources, House Bill 2729 recently passed in agreement. This bill would allow schools to maintain epinephrine auto-injectors (EpiPens) to use during emergencies of anaphylactic reactions. Having this treatment available at schools would be of great benefit for the student, teacher, and/or staff member experiencing the anaphylactic reaction.
Ordinarily, the person affected would have to wait for an ambulance to come and administer an EpiPen; this would allow them to receive the care they need in a shorter time span.
Senate Concurrent Resolution 26 is a legislative matter that I cosponsor.
This resolution would support the commitments made to Patriot Coal employees. In support of Patriot Coal employees rights to their benefits, I attended a rally on Monday, April 1st in Charleston.