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The West Virginia 2018 Legislative Session began on January 10, 2018.

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Senate Bill 33 — Creating WV Race Relations Committee

Sponsor: Mark Maynard (R-06)
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The creation of this committee will ensure that historically underrepresented and marginalized communities will be equitably represented in government offices throughout the state.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/10/18

Senate Bill 36 — Relating generally to DNA testing

Sponsor: Mike Woelfel (D-05)
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This bill allows for DNA testing contracting between state police and Marshall University following an assault report filing and requires mandatory testing of the offender. This will ensure prompt evidentiary collection and support for the survivor's case. This bill also establishes best practices for sexual assault kits performed by health care providers.

Last Action: Passed House on 3/7/18; Sent to Governor for Signature

Senate Bill 39 — Creating Sexual Assault Victims’ Bill of Rights

Sponsor: Mike Woelfel (D-05)
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Amends the WV Sexual Assault Victims' Bill of Rights to include a survivor's right to a personal representative, forensic medical exam, evidence collection kit, policy information, withhold personal address, and kit preservation for an additional 10 years.

Last Action: Passed Senate Unanimously and Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 1/25/18

Senate Bill 99 — Prohibiting discrimination based on age or sexual orientation in certain circumstances

Sponsor: Robert Beach (D-13)
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Amends the Human Rights Commission to include class protection of sexual orientation.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Judiciary Committee on 1/10/18

House Bill 2192 — Adding pharmacist and pharmacy to the definition of "health care provider"

Sponsor: Michael Ferro (D-04)
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Amends the ability and duties of a pharmacy to expand and comply with the current listing of professional health care providers.

Last Action: Sent to House Health and Human Services on 1/10/18

House Bill 2866 — Relating to social determinants of health

Sponsor: Larry Rowe (D-36)
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The purpose of the demonstration project is the development of model community programs which will focus and use existing resources of government agencies and community organizations, whose state or local missions include services for health and human resources, public education and arts, higher education, mental health care, social and economic diversity, housing development, economic and community development, urban renewal, workforce development, and small business development, all intended generally to improve community and individual public health and welfare, in and for communities identified as needing special coordination and delivery of services from those agencies.

Last Action: Sent to House Health and Human Resources on 1/10/18

House Bill 3021 — Relating to insurance coverage for breast cancer screening

Sponsor: Sean Hornbuckle (D-16)
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Required coverage of breast cancer screenings, notification of breast density; third party reimbursement for mammogram, Pap test and HPV testing.

Last Action: Sent to House Banking and Insurance Committee on 1/10/18

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House Bill 4520 — Requiring free feminine hygiene products in grades 6 through 12

Sponsor: John Williams (D-51)
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No student should have to miss school because they don't have access to the period products they need. When students have access to quality period and hygiene products, they are able to continue with their daily lives with minimal interruption.

Last Action: Sent to House Education Committee on 2/13/18

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House Bill 4536 — Exempting certain hygiene products from sales tax

Sponsor: Ronald Walters (R-39)
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Hygiene products are a necessity to ensuring that people with periods have the ability to make their own health care decisions (and beyond) and reach their full potential. When people with periods have affordable and reliable access to the full range of reproductive health care, including period products, it helps them control their lives, health, and future.

Last Action: Sent to House Finance Committee on 2/13/18

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House Bill 4528 — Requiring that free feminine hygiene products be provided to female prisoners

Sponsor: Phil Isner (D-43)
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Women who are imprisoned deserve the basic dignity of access to period and hygiene products for their health and well-being.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 2/13/18

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Senate Bill 599 — Requiring free feminine hygiene products in grades 6 through 12

Sponsor: Robert Beach (D-13)
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No student should have to miss school because they don't have access to the period products they need. When students have access to quality period and hygiene products, they are able to continue with their daily lives with minimal interruption.

Last Action: Study was approved on 3/2/2018

Senate Bill 84 — Prohibiting abortion coverage in certain qualified health care plans

Sponsor: Robert Karnes (R-11)
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Restricts coverage for any federal, state or private health plan except when the life of the mother is in danger. Limiting access to safe and legal abortion services is unconstitutional and attempts to shame a woman and her right to make her own deeply personal pregnancy decisions.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/10/18

Senate Bill 91 — Relating to care of aborted fetuses

Sponsor: Robert Karnes (R-11)
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This bill is an attempt to shame a woman out of her right to make her own deeply personal health decisions.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/10/18

Senate Bill 92 — Limiting health insurance coverage for elective abortions to supplemental policies

Sponsor: Robert Karnes (R-11)
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This bill further stigmatizes abortion care from the fact that abortion is a range of reproductive health care options.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Banking and Insurance Committee on 1/10/18

Senate Bill 93 — Establishing WV Freedom of Conscience Protection Act

Sponsor: Robert Karnes (R-11)
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This religious exemption law was created with the intention of pitting religious freedom against the civil rights of marginalized community members.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Government Organization on 1/10/18

House Bill 2053 — Requiring facilities providing abortions to obtain parental notification or consent in writing

Sponsor: Ralph Rodighiero (R-24)
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This bill amends the current parental notification law with more egregious punitive penalties, and continues to restrict a minor's right to make their own health care decisions.

Last Action: Sent to House Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/10/18

House Bill 2082 — Prohibiting state funding of abortions

Sponsor: Ralph Rodighiero (R-24)
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Any "defunding" of an abortion provider is a direct attack on patients and women who have the right to make their own deeply personal pregnancy decisions.

Last Action: Sent to House Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/10/18

House Bill 2710 — Including unborn child or fetus in statute setting criminal penalties for child neglect resulting in death

Sponsor: Jordan Hill (R-41)
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The proposed bill would insert government into a woman’s personal private decisions about her own body and health. This undermines the ability of women and families to make personal and private health care decisions and puts these decisions in the hands of politicians. Decisions about pregnancy must be left to a woman, her family, and her faith in consultation with her doctors.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 1/10/18

House Bill 3052 — Prohibiting state funding of abortions

Sponsor: Lynn Arvon (R-31)
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Abortion is health care. A woman should have access to safe, legal and affordable options for an abortion once she's made her own personal health care decision.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 1/10/18

House Bill 4012 — Amending the definition of medical services, so as to exclude abortion

Sponsor: Lynn Arvon (R-31)
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Abortion is one of a range of reproductive health care options for a woman and access to care and/or coverage of cares should not be denied based on any anti-women's health politician's posturing.

Last Action: Passed House Health and Human Resources Committee and Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 1/25/18

House Bill 4318 — Life at Conception Act of 2018

Sponsor: Pat McGeehan (R-01)
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This bill recognizes life beginning at conception, giving full human rights to pre-fertilization cells. This would be an outright ban on abortion and most common contraceptive methods.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 1/26/18

House Joint Resolution 19 — Life Begins at Conception Resolution

Sponsor: S Marshall Wilson (R-60)
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This resolution recognizes life beginning at conception, giving full human rights to pre-fertilization cells. This would be an outright ban on abortion and most common contraceptive methods.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 1/10/18

Senate Bill 405 — Creating Life at Conception Act of 2018

Sponsor: Patricia Rucker (R-16)
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This bill recognizes life beginning at conception, giving full human rights to pre-fertilization cells. This would be an outright ban on abortion and most common contraceptive methods.

Last Action: Sent to Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/26/18

Senate Joint Resolution 12 ⎯ No Constitutional Right to an Abortion Amendment

Sponsor: Patricia Rucker (R-16)
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A constitutional amendment to strip a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy from the West Virginia Constitution. This is the most extreme anti-abortion action our state can take. 

Last Action: Passed House on 3/5/18; Will be on November 2018 ballot