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Senate passes slate of Home payments: swatting, bitter grapes candidates and extra

MORGANTOWN – The Senate cruised via a slate of Home payments on Monday, passing all of them unanimously with out debate. A pair head to the governor; others had been amended and returned to the Home for assessment and attainable concurrence – or negotiation.

HB 4667 would prohibit syringe service applications from distributing “any smoking units, together with however not restricted to, hand pipes, bubblers, bongs, dab rigs, hookahs, crack pipes, or disposable smoking units.” It handed the Home 88-12 on Feb. 27. The Senate authorised it with out modification, and it heads to the governor.

HB 4845 is the swatting invoice, referring to submitting a false emergency report with police, hearth or EMS. The title derives from SWAT groups being known as out to bogus emergencies.

Present regulation makes swatting a misdemeanor. The invoice makes second and subsequent offenses felonies. It makes inflicting damage because of a swat name a felony. And it says the courtroom could order the convicted offender to reimburse the company for price of the response. It returns to the Home for modification concurrence.

HB 5237 is the Home model of SB 441. Each forbid driving within the left lane of a multi-lane freeway, with varied exceptions.

The Senate handed its invoice on Feb. 9, however the Home killed it on third studying on Feb. 15 in a 46-48 vote, with six members absent.

It then took up its model, which makes the offense secondary as an alternative of major – that means a driver couldn’t get pulled over for driving too gradual within the left lane; they’d should get pulled over for one thing else and should gradual driving offense tacked on to the ticket.

So the Senate basically amended its invoice again into the Home invoice – restoring the offense to major. It handed 34-0 and returns to the Home for modification concurrence.

HB 5298 prohibits a candidate belonging to one of many 4 acknowledged political events — Republican, Democrat, Libertarian and Mountain — who loses a major election from turning into a candidate for one of many different acknowledged events for the next basic election.

Current sore-loser/sour-grapes regulation prohibits a failed major candidate to get on the final election poll as an impartial and this invoice fills a loophole. The Home model was a single sentence. The Senate tweaked that sentence and added one making the invoice efficient Jan. 1, 2025, after the present election. It returns to the Home.

HB 5650 says a suspended faculty worker will not be barred from attending public occasions on faculty property whereas serving the suspension. And the worker who has a dependent baby, grandchild, foster baby, or different member of the family will not be barred from coming into the college to train regular features of a father or mother or guardian. It accommodates exceptions relating to the worker’s presence jeopardizing the well being, security, or welfare of others; impacting the training atmosphere or the exercise; prejudice an investigation or disciplinary continuing; violating a courtroom order; or threatening harm to property.

It additionally returns to the Home.

HB 5690 got here out of the brand new Home Synthetic Intelligence Committee and creates an AI job pressure within the governor’s workplace. Amongst its jobs, it could designate a related company to supervise AI coverage and develop greatest practices for the general public sector use of synthetic intelligence. It goes to the governor.

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