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The West Virginia Economic Development Council was created to bring the various economic development professionals and organizations from around the state together to share and collaborate on common programs and issues. WVEDC promotes activities to retain and expand current business and industry in West Virginia and to attract new business and industry to West Virginia. WVEDC is the only professional organization in the State with the sole functions of promoting economic development and serving economic development professionals across West Virginia. Please browse our site to find out more about our commitment to the communities, businesses, and economy of West Virginia. Thank you, and enjoy your visit.

February 22, 2016

WVEDC Board Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Monday, February 22 at 11 a.m. at the offices of Spilman Thomas at 300 Kanawha Blvd East, Charleston, WV.

March 21, 2016

WVEDC Board Meeting

The WVEDC Board of Directors will meet Monday, March 21 at 11 a.m. at the offices of Spilman Thomas, 300 Kanawha Blvd East, Charleston, WV.

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IMPORTANT CALL TO ACTION - We want to let you know All Cabinet Secretaries have been asked by legislative leadership to propose an additional 6.5% cut to their budgets for next year, excluding lottery accounts and any state funds with matching federal funds. Unfortunately,in the WVDO budget that means that the LED money will now be cut 10.5% (4% by the Governor’s proposed budget, which Secretary Burdette was intending to backfill next year with some “old funds” available to him, and 6.5% by the legislature). WVEDC has prepared a letter and educational piece for you to send to your local legislators to let them know the impact these cuts would have on economic development in the state.  The educational piece is on our website http://www.wvedc.org under Legislative Update - Educational Papers.  Both the letter and the educational piece will be sent to you via email shortly.  It appears that legislative leadership is not willing to consider the Governor’s tax/revenue increases, and is looking to balance the budget through budget cuts.

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West Virginia Legislature Thursday, February 11, 2016 Committee and Public Hearing Schedule SENATE Education 2:00 p.m. – 451M SB 313 - Changing mandatory school instructional time from 180 days to minutes SB 105 - Allowing nonpublic school student participate in public School athletics HB 4175 - Relating generally to home schooling Energy Industry and Mining 1:00 p.m. – 208W SB 335, Eliminating Severance Tax on Timber SB 370, Authorizing local units of government adopt local energy efficiency partnership programs. Finance – 451M 9:30 a.m. Senate Bill No. 515 -Authorizing payment of certain claims against state 3:00 p.m. Senate Bill No. 351- Dedicating severance tax proceeds. Senate Bill No. 356- Eliminating consumers sales and service tax exemption for 2016 fiscal year. Senate Bill No. 400- Reducing amount of sales tax proceeds dedicated to School Major Improvement Fund. Senate Bill No. 421- Terminating behavioral health severance and business privilege tax. Senate Bill No. 462- Reducing deposit of excess lottery proceeds into WV Infrastructure Fund. Senate Bill No. 439- Eliminating requirement that budget director approve requisitions for personal services payment under certain circumstances. Committee Substitute for Senate Bill No. 16- Providing tax credit for providing broadband service to unserved areas. Government Organization 2:00 p.m. – 208W SB 507 - Exempting motor vehicles engaged in nonemergency transport of Medicaid recipients from PSC permit requirements (AO) SB 424 - Allowing fire departments assess fees (AO) SB 521 - Allowing county commissions and municipalities impose hotel occupancy taxes (AO) SB 267 - Modifying removal procedure for certain county, school district and municipal officers (JB) SB 315 - Providing for construction of statewide fiber optic broadband infrastructure network (JB) HOUSE Banking and Insurance 9:30 a.m. – 215E HB 4448, Clarifying that communication by a lender or debt collector which is allowed under the West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act, likewise does not violate the provisions of the West Virginia Computer Crime and Abuse Act SB 330, Requiring automobile liability insurers provide 10 days’ notice of intent to cancel due to nonpayment of premium HB 4408, Prohibiting certain civil actions against company adjusters HB 4473, Clarifying that when the presumption of abandonment arises with respect to a life insurance policy or annuity payable upon proof of death SB 270, Repealing code relating to insurance policies HB 4464, Clarifying that guaranteed asset protection waivers are not insurance SB 415, Lengthening maximum term of negotiable certificates of deposit municipal funds can hold Education 9:00 a.m. – 434M H. B. 4014, Preventing the State Board of Education from implementing common core academic standards and assessments. Energy 2:00 p.m. – 418M H. B. 4323, Relating to the reporting of emergency incidents by well operators and pipeline operators Health and Human Resources 3:00 p.m. – 215E SB 6 - Requiring drug screening and testing of applicants for TANF program (2nd reference FIN) SB 329- Eliminating sunset provision for commission to study residential placement of children (2nd reference Jud) SB 338 - Compiling and maintaining Central State Mental Health Registry (2nd reference Jud) HB 4334 - Clarifying the requirements for a license to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse and to expand the prescriptive authority that may be granted to advanced practice registered nurses (2nd reference GO) HB 4347 - Providing pregnant women priority to substance abuse treatment HB 4380 - Adding the spouse of an indigent person as a possible individual who may be liable for the funeral service expenses (2nd reference Fin) HB4386 - Requiring the Department of Health and Human Resources to be notified of hearings involving criminal defendants to be placed in state inpatient mental health facilities (2nd reference Jud) HB 4438 - Relating to the involuntary examination of individuals experiencing a psychiatric emergency or mental illness (2nd reference Jud) Pensions and Retirement 4:00 p.m. – 464M H.B. 2222, Relating to certain members of the Legislature and certain service by members of the Legislature H.B. 4487, Relating to state retirement systems H.B. 4519, Allowing certain municipalities to elect to participate in the West Virginia Municipal Police Officers and Firefighters Retirement System Senior Citizens Issues 1:00 p.m. – 418M H.B. 4308, Barring persons who are convicted of certain criminal offenses from acquiring property from their victims Small Business Entrepreneurship and Economic Development 9:00 a.m. – 215E HB 4032, Self-Employment Assistance Act PUBLIC HEARINGS Thursday, February 11 2:00 p.m. – House Chamber HB 4334 Clarifying the requirements for a license to practice as an advanced practice registered nurse and to expand the prescriptive authority that may be granted to advanced practice registered nurses

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