| Allow surviving family members to have representation on mine fatality investigations.
| Requiring pre-employment and random drug testing. The provision was included, although the investigation of the Upper Big Branch mine disaster concluded that drug abuse was not a contributing factor.
Also Tuesday in the Legislature:
| Addressing concerns by delegates reluctant to impose mandatory jail or prison terms for persons convicted of graffiti, House Finance Committee members approved a revised version of the bill (SB408) that gives judges the option to impose fines, community service or imprisonment.
Unlike the original House version of the bill, which imposed mandatory jail time for first- and second-offense violations, the revised bill leaves incarceration as an option only for third-offense convictions.
The committee also restored a provision from the House bill, allowing judges to issue orders suspending drivers' licenses for juveniles convicted of graffiti for up to two years.
The bill goes to the full House.
| The Senate passed 34-0 and sent to the governor legislation to allow state driver's licenses to have designations for honorably discharged military veterans (HB4330). West Virginia will become the latest of several states to include the designation, which is intended, in part, to make it easier for veterans to obtain military discounts and other benefits without having to provide paperwork.
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