I stand corrected, Senate is adjourning to Monday at 11 a.m., but this means House will stay out until Hanshaw calls them back.
Ok, both the House and Senate are adjourning subject to the call of the chairs (Blair and Hanshaw). Sounds like it could be longer than the beginning of next week.
.@mawtrout speaking during remarks from members regarding the alleged Karnes/Tarr map.
Senate is waiting on House to gavel back in at 4 p.m.. Sounds like House will adjourn subject to call of the chair. Don’t know if that means if the Senate will come back this weekend or next week.
Now to SB 3034, the senatorial district bill…which will lie over one day and retain its place on the calendar. No action on the map or amendments.
HB 3038 also passes 33-0.
Next up is the second of the two broadband bills, SB 3038. Rules being suspended for that as well.
HB 3037, one of two broadband bills, passes 33-0 with unanimous bipartisan support.
Senate is suspending the constitutional rules requiring bills be read three separate days to pass Gov. Jim Justice’s two broadband bills added to the special session call this morning.
Senate is receiving the message on HB 335, the vaccine exemption bill. It’s been taken up and read a first time with no references to a committee.
Senate has started. @WVSenatePres almost had members rise again for prayer and pledge. “Maybe we should pray,” Blair said after correcting his mistake.
Back in the Capitol. On the Senate side. They should gavel in shortly. Waiting to see if they suspend rules and take up HB 335, the vaccine exemption bill.
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Folks, this is where I have to bow out in order to get to the closing meeting for my House. You can listen/watch here if you are interested. youtube.com/watch?v=c9YRnZ…
Tully also raises concerns about staffing shortages in healthcare due to those quitting or being fired for not taking the COVID vaccines.
.@HeatherTully, a nurse, supports the bill. Said supporters of the bill are not anti-vax. Points out normal vaccines take 10-15 years to develop. Said fear of how the vaccine was so quickly developed is legitimate. Said bill merely balancing rights of employees and employers.
Of note: there appears to be several nurses in the House gallery watching this debate.
Hansen raises point that hospitals often require vaccines and already have processes in place for vetting medical/religious exemptions. Out of 100 religious exemptions made at a larger medical provider in the state, 15 were granted, Hansen said.
Unsure if House Democratic members are trying a bit of reverse psychology to gain votes against the bill.
.@pushkinforhouse, the minority chair of of House Health, asked Steele if he got COVID twice. “Yes,” Steele said. @hansenevan also points out the bill doesn’t ban COVID-19 mandates.
Del. Larry Rowe, D-Kanawha, asks if the bill also allows mandates at state and local government levels? @BrandonSteeleWV said it doesn’t require anyone create a mandate, but it simply allows medical/religious exemptions if mandates occur.
SB 3030 passes 93-4 with no debate.
Next up is SB 3030, the bill making changes to the Intermediate Court of Appeals, including allowing virtual hearings.