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This year, West Virginia will hold regularly scheduled elections for all 100 seats in the House of Delegates and 17 seats in the Senate, plus a special election for a seat in the Senate. Republicans control majorities in both chambers, which they won in the 2014 general election, ending continuous Democratic control of the Legislature since 1931.

West Virginia’s candidate filing period for the 2016 elections ended January 30. Here are some key statistics regarding the candidate filings and their impacts on the elections in the House and Senate.

  • Twenty-four delegates and four senators will not return to their respective chambers in 2017, resulting in significant turnover.
  • Of the 24 delegates not returning in 2017, seven delegates – Ryan Weld (R), Mike Azinger (R), David Perry (D), Chris Stansbury (R), Denise Campbell (D), Randy Smith (R) and Stephen Skinner (D) – are running for seats in the Senate. In addition, Delegate Doug Reynolds (D) is running for attorney general.
  • Of the four senators departing this year, Senate President Bill Cole (R) and Senate Minority Leader Jeffrey Kessler (D) are running for governor.
  • House Republicans have effectively secured seven seats in the general election because of no Democratic opposition. Three of these seven seats are held by incumbents – Allen Evans (R), Gary Howell (R) and Daryl Cowles (R) – who do not have Republican challengers in the primary election.
  • Every seat in the Senate up for election has at least one Democratic and Republican candidate.

For more information about this year’s legislative elections, contact Nick Blazer at nb@stateside.com.

For the Week of February 8, 2016 

The following 41 state legislatures are meeting actively this week: ALABAMA, ALASKA, ARIZONA, CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, CONNECTICUT, FLORIDA, GEORGIA, HAWAII, IDAHO, ILLINOIS, INDIANA, IOWA, KANSAS, KENTUCKY, MAINE, MARYLAND, MASSACHUSETTS, MICHIGAN, MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, NEBRASKA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, NEW JERSEY, NEW MEXICO, NEW YORK, OHIO, OKLAHOMA, OREGON, PENNSYLVANIA, RHODE ISLAND, SOUTH CAROLINA, SOUTH DAKOTA, TENNESSEE, UTAH, VERMONT, VIRGINIA, WASHINGTON, WEST VIRGINIA, WISCONSIN and WYOMING

Also meeting: DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, GUAM, PUERTO RICO and UNITED STATES VIRGIN ISLANDS.

Groups

The National Association of State Energy Officials will hold its Energy Policy Outlook Conference February 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold its Winter Conference February 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The National Association of State Election Directors will hold its Winter Meeting February 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at mjb@stateside.com

The Republican Secretaries of State Committee will hold its Leadership Dinner February 11 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at sca@stateside.com

The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners will hold its Winter Committee Meetings February 14-17 in Washington, D.C. John Howell at jh@stateside.com

ARIZONA

The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 8. Briana Bair at bbr@stateside.com

The Sierra Vista Parks and Recreation Commission will meet February 9 to receive an update regarding the City Smoking Code. Peter Finn at pf@stateside.com

The Department of Environmental Quality will hold a stakeholder meeting February 10 to discuss the implementation and impact of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Janet Smith at jns@stateside.com

COLORADO

The Joint Budget Committee will meet February 8-12 to discuss Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D) FY 2016-2017 budget proposals. Haris Alic at hal@stateside.com

CONNECTICUT

The Lieutenant Governor’s Health Care Cabinet will hold its monthly meeting February 9 to discuss updates to Access Health CT. Allison Rollins at sar@stateside.com

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

The City Council will meet February 11 to discuss B21-415, which establishes a universal paid leave system for all District residents and for workers who are employed in the District. Raymond Durham at rd@stateside.com

FLORIDA

The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will meet February 8 to discuss S.B. 1314, which exempts the personal identifying information of a witness to a felony from public record requirements. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

The Coral Gables City Commission will meet February 9 to discuss an ordinance prohibiting the sale, use and distribution of expanded polystyrene. Peter Finn at pf@stateside.com

The Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling will hold a public hearing February 11 on amendments to a rule concerning approved continuing education courses for supervisory training. Becky Lukaesko at bml@stateside.com

ILLINOIS

The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 11. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

KANSAS

The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate in February 10. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

LOUISIANA

Governor John Bel Edwards (D) will deliver the State of the State address February 12. Arielle McAloon at am@stateside.com

MAINE

The Office of MaineCare Services will hold a public hearing February 9 to discuss proposed amendments to rules concerning reimbursement rates for ambulatory surgical center services. Janet Smith at jns@stateside.com

MARYLAND

The Senate Finance Committee will meet February 9 to discuss S.B. 412, which requires the Secretary of Information Technology to create a statewide information technology master plan. Vytas Aukstuolis at vya@stateside.com

The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 12. Isabella DeBono at idb@stateside.com

MASSACHUSETTS

The Department of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing February 10 to discuss amendments to rules governing distributed generation. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

MINNESOTA

The Pollution Control Agency will hold a listening session February 9 to discuss the next steps regarding the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

NEBRASKA

The Appropriations Committee will meet February 8 to discuss L.B. 911, which creates a plan for coordinating and integrating care to improve behavioral health. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The Business and Labor Committee will meet February 8 to discuss L.B. 1005, which requires the Nebraska Workers’ Compensation Court to adopt an evidence-based drug formulary for outpatient use in connection with workers’ compensation claims. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

NEVADA

The Public Utilities Commission will hold a public hearing February 8 to discuss the reopening of a proceeding concerning a cost-of-service study and net metering tariffs. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

The Senate Commerce Committee will meet February 9 to discuss S.B. 523, which makes changes to the controlled drug prescription health and safety program. Briana Bair at bbr@stateside.com

The State Building Code Review Board will meet February 12 to discuss updates to the International Residential Code. Erika Duthely at ed@stateside.com

NEW JERSEY

The Assembly State and Local Government Committee will meet February 8 to discuss A.B. 1730, which establishes procedures for the awarding of design-build contracts. Jennifer Janson at jtj@stateside.com

The Assembly State and Local Government Committee will meet February 8 to discuss A.B. 2220, which authorizes certain local governments to use electronic procurement technologies. Jennifer Janson at jtj@stateside.com

NEW YORK

The Department of Environmental Conservation will hold three separate public hearings throughout the state on February 8, 9, and 11 to discuss proposed amendments to establish emission limits for distributed generation sources. Stefanie Frank at sf@stateside.com

OHIO

The Senate Education Committee will meet February 9 to discuss S.B. 252, which requires cardiac arrest training for each coach of an athletic activity. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

OREGON

The deadline for committees to hold work sessions on bills in the chamber of origin is February 11. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The Senate Committee on Judiciary will meet February 8 to discuss S.B. 1576, which prohibits a person that manufactures or distributes prescription contact lenses from preventing a retailer from advertising or selling prescription contact lenses at a specified price. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The House Committee on Health Care will meet February 8 to discuss H.B. 4100, which modifies requirements for coordinated care organizations. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

The House Committee on Business and Labor will meet February 8 to discuss H.B. 4052, which prohibits an employer or insurer from requiring injured workers to obtain nonemergency medical services from a specific provider. Zack Cairns at zc@stateside.com

PENNSYLVANIA

Governor Tom Wolf (D) will deliver the State of the State address February 9. Holly Yanai at hby@stateside.com

RHODE ISLAND

The House Health, Education and Welfare Committee will meet February 9 to discuss H.B. 7082, H.B. 7255, H.B. 7256 and H.B. 7274, which concern genetically modified organisms. Tyler Jones at tdj@stateside.com

VIRGINIA

The deadline for the General Assembly to confirm gubernatorial recess appointments is February 12. Claire Smyth at cas@stateside.com

WASHINGTON

The deadline to pass bills out of the House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation Committees is February 9. Claire Smyth at cas@stateside.com

The Liquor and Cannabis Board will hold a public hearing February 10 to discuss a proposed rule concerning beer and wine gift delivery licenses. Janet Smith at jns@stateside.com

WYOMING

The Legislature will convene for the 2016 legislative session February 8. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

Governor Matt Mead (R) will deliver the State of the State address February 8. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com

The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate is February 12. John Keane at jpk@stateside.com