West Virginia's Legislature enters the second half of its 60-day session having reviewed nearly 300 bills in committee, according to The Associated Press, sending one of them to the governor and exchanging 30 more between the House and Senate.
As the legislative pace picks up:
- AP reports on Senate passage of a measure that would make all forms of organized animal fighting, including cockfighting, a felony. The bill also expands the scope of who would be guilty of the crime. The Register-Herald of Beckley, MetroNews and WCHS-TV (with video) have coverage as well.
- The Charleston Daily Mail and The Charleston Gazette continue to track a proposal regarding eye procedures that pits the state's optometrists against medical doctors who practice ophthalmology.
- Public Broadcasting reports on the latest in a series of Senate-sponsored measures that addresses future possible trends in the nation's energy markets.
- The State Journal has an item on legislation that seeks to treat recycled energy as a renewable.
- Heavy-duty fireworks could become legal in West Virginia and help fund volunteer fire departments under legislation advanced by the Senate Judiciary Committee, The Gazette reports.
- AP noted a failed bid this week "to force an anti-gay marriage proposal onto the agenda" onto a House committee's agenda. Public Broadcasting highlights the unsuccessful maneuver, while The Gazette reports on the advocacy by one of that proposal's chief supporters of abstinence-only sex education.
- Though it had not been introduced as of Day 30 (despite several reports to the contrary), an attempt to revisit one of the bright and shiny objects of the 2009 session received coverage by The Register-Herald, MetroNews, The Gazette, The State Journal, WSAZ-TV (with video), Public Broadcasting (with video and audio) and (updated) The Journal of Martinsburg (but includes the wrong bill). Update: The bill was introduced on Friday, Day 31.