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A sampling of legislation introduced Feb. 11

MORGANTOWN – Here is a sampling of bills and resolutions introduced Thursday, Feb. 11. Local lead sponsors and co-sponsors, if any, are noted.

  • SB 229, to provide for ranked choice voting in the election of justices for the Supreme Court of Appeals.
  • SB 230, to prohibit civil rights violations based on sexual orientation. Sens. Bob Beach, D-Monongalia, Mike Caputo, D-Marion, co-sponsors.
  • SB 231, updates medical cannabis code. Among other things, it increases the geographic locations of dispensaries and the forms of acceptable medical cannabis and allows for growing.
  • SB 234, to ensure coverage for residents with preexisting conditions and to ensure that their costs are the same as the general population. Beach, Caputo co-sponsors.
  • SR 6, a special pandemic Senate rule change to allow proxy voting for “members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19, notified of potential exposure to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or who have been determined by a physician to be at a higher risk for developing serious complications from COVID-19.”
  • HJR 1, a proposed Constitutional amendment to subject state Board of Education rule making to legislative oversight.
  • HJR 2, a proposed Constitutional amendment to clarify that courts have no authority or jurisdiction to intercede or intervene in or interfere with impeachment proceedings of the House of Delegates or the Senate and that a judgment rendered by the Senate following an impeachment trial is not reviewable by any state court.
  • HJR 5, a proposed Constitutional amendment to allow citizens to participate directly in the formation of legislative districts by creating a nonpartisan citizen commission that would hold public hearings and draft a bill. Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, DpMonongalia, lead sponsor; Delegates Dave Pethtel, D-Wetzel, Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, co-sponsors.
  • HJR 11, a proposed Constitutional amendment to give the Legislature more control over the manufacture and sale of alcohol. Fleischauer, co-sponsor.
  • HJR 12, a proposed Constitutional amendment that says, “The people have a right to clean air, pure water, and the preservation of the natural, scenic, historic, and esthetic values of the environment. West Virginia’s public natural resources are the common property of all the people, including generations yet to come. As trustee of these resources, the State shall conserve and maintain them for the benefit of all the people. Hansen, lead sponsor; Fleischauer, co-sponsor.

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