• A revision of the state's Ethics Act, requiring more detailed financial disclosure -- including spousal employee and assets -- for most public officials, high-ranking aides and candidates for public office (HB2464).
A critical provision imposes a "revolving door" prohibition that will prevent elected officials and key aides from returning to the Capitol as lobbyists for one year after leaving public office.
The bill would take effect July 1. It passed both houses without a negative vote: 98-0 in the House and 33-0 in the Senate.
• A bill requiring the state Public Employees Insurance Agency, the Children's Health Insurance Program and health insurance plans for companies with 25 or more employees to provide coverage for children ages 3 to 18 diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (SB2693). The House concurred on Senate amendments, sending the bill to the governor.
• A repeal of a longtime ban on the sale of liquor on Election Day (HB3100). The prohibition dates back to the 1930s, when unscrupulous politicians in some parts of the state would influence voters with half-pints of liquor.
• Increases in a variety of Division of Motor Vehicle fees to raise about $40 million a year for the state Road Fund, to be dedicated to secondary road maintenance (SB608). Among the changes, vehicle registration fees would go from $28.50 to $45 a year, and costs of drivers' licenses would go from $12.50 for five years, to $32.50. The final passage vote in the Senate was 27-6, with the Senate's Republicans voting no.
• Legislation to let the state run its own health insurance exchange starting in 2014. The bill (SB408) passed the House and Senate along party lines, on 63-34 and 27-6 votes.
The exchange, part of the Obama administration's health-care law, would be a marketplace where people and businesses could buy policies. Supporters say the exchange would lead to better health coverage and lower premiums. This spring, the state will be eligible for $40 to $50 million in federal funds to run the exchange.
Delegates rejected a series of amendments from Delegate Jonathan Miller, R-Berkeley. Among other things, he wanted the state to stop the exchange if the federal law is ruled unconstitutional or is repealed.
"Our constituents do not support the federal act," said Miller, who is an insurance agent. He also sought an amendment to prohibit funding of elective abortions. The amendment was not considered after it was ruled not relative to the bill.
The Senate concurred with House changes to the bill, and passed the legislation 27-6, sending it to the governor's office.
• A plan for distributing financial subsidies to volunteer fire departments around the state to cover workers' compensation premiums that are expected to sharply increase on July 1, when BrickStreet Mutual no longer is required to write coverage for the VFDs (HB3271). The budget bill includes $2.5 million for the subsidies.
• A bill to require the state Athletic Commission to draft rules for regulating mixed martial arts events (HB2562). The bill would legalize the controversial full-contact fighting, pending the Legislature's approval of the regulations. It passed the Senate 23-10, with several senators opposing it because of health and safety issues, including Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, a physician. It passed the House 71-26.
• Lifetime hunting and fishing licenses for residents older than 65 (HB2845). Currently, senior West Virginians don't need to have hunting or fishing licenses, but advocates believe the $25 one-time fee, along with federal matching funds, would provide as much as $500,000 a year for the Division of Natural Resources. It passed the Senate 28-5, and the House 66-32.
• A plan to allow the Unemployment Compensation Fund to borrow up to $20 million to keep the fund from going insolvent at any point in the year.
Among the legislation lost Saturday was a bill to allow coal-producing counties to keep an additional 5 percent of coal severance tax revenues for economic development (SB242). House and Senate conferees met up to a 9 p.m. deadline for filing conference committee reports but could not reach an agreement.
The Senate bill had stricter oversight, requiring the state Development Office to administer the funds, which would have totaled about $4 million a year, while the House proposal gave county commissions more control over how the funds would be spent.
A measure (HB2161) to create the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs also did not survive. The Senate Finance Committee had stripped funding from the proposal and also removed provisions allowing for an executive director for the office.
Legislation to fund a pilot program to publicly finance Supreme Court campaigns in 2012 was killed when the Senate Finance Committee voted down a proposal (HB2732) that would have raised money from the state's unclaimed property trust fund, and imposed new court fees and fees for attorneys.