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Home Judiciary advances U.S. motto, indecent publicity, sexual contact with minors, voter registration payments to Home ground

MORGANTOWN – The Home Judiciary Committee moved 4 Senate payments to the Home ground on Thursday – and all are on first studying on the Home ground on Friday. They take care of the U.S. motto, indecent publicity, sexual contact with minors and driver’s license photographs for voter registration.

The U.S. motto invoice is SB 152, to require show of posters or framed copies of the U.S. motto in colleges and state larger schooling establishments. It underwent two rewrites within the Senate and a 3rd in Home Training and a fourth in Judiciary.

The most recent model requires the poster or framed copy to be displayed in each classroom in each public faculty – together with charters – and each state larger schooling establishment. A picture of the U.S. flag should seem beneath the motto. It eliminated a measurement specification from prior variations. The images could also be donated, and the college could settle for and use non-public donations.

Delegates raised a number of issues. One was the fee. Earlier variations mandated that the photographs be donated or purchased with non-public funds. This model makes the donation non-compulsory, that means a faculty could must pay for them for tons of of school rooms.

Delegate Sean Fluharty mentioned the invoice could show unconstitutional as a result of it forces a captive viewers – college students in school rooms – to see it.

Delegate Andy Shamblin, R-Kanawha, teaches at Nitro Excessive and mentioned the county could have to purchase 1000’s of posters. “I believe each classroom is extreme.”

Delegate David Kelly, R-Tyler, mentioned he supported the invoice however had reservations. “Typically we lose ourselves behind mottoes and we conceal behind issues. Its’ not what we now have on our wall about God that’s going to make a distinction in anybody’s lives, it’s how we dwell. … I believe we have to dwell it earlier than we begin placing it on each wall in a classroom.”

SB 160 is the indecent publicity invoice. Because it got here from the Senate it updates the definitions of indecent publicity and will increase the penalties and creates a felony for indecent publicity to a minor beneath 16.

Judiciary spent an hour debating a committee rewrite and an extra modification, solely to search out the adjustments muddied the invoice an excessive amount of. At one level, Rick Hillenbrand, R-Hampshire, mentioned, “We’re in a gap so deep we’d like an even bigger shovel.”

In order that they returned to the Senate model with only one change, restoring an exemption for breastfeeding. They thought that the road was in all probability pointless given the brand new definitions however determined to be cautious for the sake of judges adjudicating the crime.

SB 504 updates state code that claims any instructor, principal, counselor, coach, different worker, volunteer of any non-public or public elementary or secondary faculty who has sexual contact with a scholar on the faculty, if convicted, is responsible of a felony. The invoice provides faculty useful resource officers to the checklist and broadens the scope to incorporate a scholar at any faculty – not simply the college the worker works at.

The invoice exempts any scholar enrolled in a secondary faculty and engaged in a wage-earning registered youth apprenticeship program as a part of the Develop Your Personal instructor pathway. Judiciary added a second exemption for college students beneath 18 in secondary faculty in a profession, technical schooling or faculty service personnel coaching program.

SB 623 would require the Division of Motor Automobiles to ship driver’s license or picture ID photos, for many who register to vote on the DMV, to the secretary of state’s workplace. The DMV already sends photos of voter signatures to the workplace, that are despatched out to the county clerks.

The committee adopted an modification supplied by Delegate Chris Pritt, R-Kanawha, prohibiting the DMV from forwarding photos of non-citizens who get driver’s licenses.

A spokesman for the secretary of state’s workplace urged the modification could also be redundant, since non-citizens can’t register to vote anyway, however the committee adopted it anyway in a divided voice vote.

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