From the desk of
Delegate Justin Marcum:
As the legislative session comes to an end, many bills have been passed in the House in hopes to better the lives of all West Virginians. With the final days of session upon us, the Delegates have served many long hours on the floor to push the most important legislation for West Virginia.
Numerous bills have passed out of the chamber that I strongly support and voted for passage. One bill, Senate Bill 558, will maintain solvency of Unemployment Compensation Fund. Senate Bill 558 would authorize the action of borrowing the Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund for the Unemployment Compensation Fund. The bill passed unanimously in the House to complete legislation.
I also supported the passage of House Bill 4240. This bill relates to the Uniform Controlled Substances Act. I sponsored this particular bill that would work to increase the penalties and mandatory minimum sentences for drug traffickers bringing drugs into the state and for distributing drugs. The penalties included in the bill would apply to individuals who have previously been convicted of a drug offense and who are in possession of drugs at the time of arrest. The passage has since been communicated to the Senate for consideration.
House Bill 4633 is a bill that I co-sponsored that also passed out of the House this week. The House Bill would work to require the Division of Juvenile Services to transfer to correctional facility or regional jail any juvenile in its custody that has been transferred to adult jurisdiction of the circuit court and who reaches his or her eighteenth birthday. Upon passage the bill will now be taken up for consideration in the Senate.
House Bill 4644 was another bill passed in the House. I voted against this particular bill that relates to jury fees. The bill serves to remove code that states the sheriff has to pay into the State Treasury all jury costs received from the court clerks and that the sheriff shall be held to account in the sheriff’s annual settlement for all the revenue. This money should stay in our counties and not go to state’s general fund.
I voted in the affirmative on House Bill 4726, which relates to coal mining. The purpose of the bill is to enhance the state’s mine safety laws and also helps streamline the permitting process. The West Virginia Coal Association and the UUWA supported the law. This bill is part of our efforts on the state level to help open our coalmines back up. House Bill 4726 passed through the House with a vote of 92-4.
I always welcome any questions, concerns or suggestions. Feel free to reach me by email at [email protected] or by telephone at (304)340-3126. My office is located at Room 150R, Building 1, State Capitol Complex, Charleston, WV 25305.