Legislative Summary 2015

March 18, 2015

The Legislature concluded their business for the 60-day 2015 Regular Session at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, March 14th. The Legislature began their extended session to address the state’s budget on Monday, March 16th and concluded their work today.

For the record, 1,607 bills were introduced this session. Legislation was completed on a total of 261 bills (roughly 16% of the bills introduced) including - 135 Senate bills and 126 House bills. The Regular Session ended with 115 casualties that survived “crossover day” by passing the initial chamber in which they were introduced but ultimately did not pass both chambers. Ten percent of the completed legislation was either an appropriations or rules bill. For a complete listing of legislation passed this session, click here.

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Legislative Summary 2014

March 12, 2014

The Legislature concluded their business at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, March 8, 2014, bringing an end to the regular 60-Day Session. The Legislature is currently in extended session for the budget. It is unclear at this time if the Governor will have a Special Call for any bills that either a) need to be passed or b) need to be vetoed and corrected.

For the record, 1,876 bills were introduced this session. Of those, 199 bills (104 House Bills and 95 Senate bills) completed legislation and are awaiting the Governor’s signature. About 20 bills made it through the majority of the process, but never made it through the final steps in time. About one-third of the bills that did complete legislation were rule-making review bundles or supplemental appropriations.

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Legislative Summary 2013

May 01, 2013

As mandated by the West Virginia Constitution, the Legislature concluded their business at the stroke of midnight on Saturday, April 13th, bringing an end to the regular 60-Day Session.  The Legislature is currently in extended session for the budget.

This session alone,  1,829 bills were introduced.  Of those, 215 bills completed legislation and most are awaiting the Governor’s signature. About one-third of these bills were rule-making review bundles or supplemental appropriations.  Thus, the saying that it is far easier to kill a bill than to pass one still rings true.

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