MORGANTOWN — Here is a sampling of bills introduced on Tuesday, Jan. 24. Local sponsors and co-sponsors, if any, are noted.
- HB 2935, to create a special revenue fund known as the Tourism Event Emergency Medical Services Fund, to be administered by the Department of Tourism; Delegate Buck Jennings, R-Preston, co-sponsor.
- HB 2938, to modify the number of magistrates per county; Delegates John Williams and Danielle Walker, both D-Monongalia, co-sponsors.
- HB 2940, the Anti-Stereotyping Act, essentially an anti-CRT bill, saying no school may require or otherwise compel a student, teacher, administrator, or other employee to affirm, adopt, or adhere to any belief or concept that one race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or national origin is inherently superior or inferior to another; that an individual, by virtue of his or her race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or national origin should be blamed for actions committed in the past by other members of the same race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or national origin; that an individual’s moral character is necessarily determined, in whole or in part, by his or her race, sex, ethnicity, religion, or national origin; Delegate Geno Chiarelli, R-Monongalia, co-sponsor.
- HB 2944, to establish protocols for collecting and preserving DNA evidence from rape and incest victims who receive surgical or chemical abortions; and notifying those persons that this evidence is being collected.
- HB 2947, to require drug testing of all classes of employees in K-12 schools, and yearly random drug testing of 10% of all employees.
- HB 2965, to create the Tiny Home Pilot Program to benefit seniors, veterans, foster care adults, and low-income residents who have previously had trouble finding stable housing; Walker, lead sponsor; Delegate Evan Hansen, D-Monongalia, co-sponsor.
- HB 2966, to establish a tax credit for owners or lessors of residential properties that allow for a first-time or second-chance opportunity for housing to homeless individuals, justice-impacted persons, assault victims, veterans, and adults who age out of the foster care system; Walker, lead sponsor.
- HB 2980, to remove schools, museums, and public libraries from the exemption which protects these types of entities from prosecution for distribution and display to minors of an obscene matter.
- HB 2985, to permit municipalities to authorize the establishment of designated outdoor refreshment areas where alcohol and nonintoxicating beer may be served by approved state licensees; Williams, sponsor.
- HB 3012, to encourage economic development regarding rare-earth elements and critical minerals, as defined, by providing temporary severance tax relief; Hansen, co-sponsor.
- HJR 17, to put a Constitutional amendment before the voters to elect six of the nine state Board of Education in partisan elections; Chiarelli, co-sponsor.
- SB 448, to pay for Office of Oil and Gas well inspectors by devoting three fourths of 1% of oil and gas severance tax to the office; Sen. Randy Smith, R-Tucker, sponsor.