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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 email@example.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.
The National Association of State Energy Officials will hold its Energy Policy Outlook Conference February 9-12 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at firstname.lastname@example.org
The National Association of Secretaries of State will hold its Winter Conference February 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at email@example.com
The National Association of State Election Directors will hold its Winter Meeting February 10-13 in Washington, D.C. Michael Behm at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Republican Secretaries of State Committee will hold its Leadership Dinner February 11 in Washington, D.C. Steve Arthur at email@example.com
The National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners will hold its Winter Committee Meetings February 14-17 in Washington, D.C. John Howell at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 8. Briana Bair at email@example.com
The Sierra Vista Parks and Recreation Commission will meet February 9 to receive an update regarding the City Smoking Code. Peter Finn at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The Joint Budget Committee will meet February 8-12 to discuss Governor John Hickenlooper’s (D) FY 2016-2017 budget proposals. Haris Alic at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Lieutenant Governor’s Health Care Cabinet will hold its monthly meeting February 9 to discuss updates to Access Health CT. Allison Rollins at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 11. Zack Cairns at firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate in February 10. Zack Cairns at email@example.com
Governor John Bel Edwards (D) will deliver the State of the State address February 12. Arielle McAloon at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline to introduce bills in the House is February 12. Isabella DeBono at email@example.com
The Department of Public Utilities will hold a public hearing February 10 to discuss amendments to rules governing distributed generation. Stefanie Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The State Building Code Review Board will meet February 12 to discuss updates to the International Residential Code. Erika Duthely at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for committees to hold work sessions on bills in the chamber of origin is February 11. Zack Cairns at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Tom Wolf (D) will deliver the State of the State address February 9. Holly Yanai at email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for the General Assembly to confirm gubernatorial recess appointments is February 12. Claire Smyth at email@example.com
The deadline to pass bills out of the House fiscal committees and Senate Ways & Means and Transportation Committees is February 9. Claire Smyth at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
The Legislature will convene for the 2016 legislative session February 8. John Keane at firstname.lastname@example.org
Governor Matt Mead (R) will deliver the State of the State address February 8. John Keane at email@example.com
The deadline to introduce bills in the House and Senate is February 12. John Keane at firstname.lastname@example.org