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The West Virginia 2020 Legislative Session began on January 8, 2020 and ends on March 8, 2020.

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House Bill 2464 — Requiring Free Menstrual Products in Schools

Sponsor: John Williams (D-51)
Bill Text

Providing necessary products for free in public spaces like schools aims to minimize menstruation stigma and make sure girls don’t miss school because of lack of access to period products. A similar bill (SB 22) was also introduced in the Senate.

Last Action: Passed House Education unanimously; Sent to House Finance

House Bill 4059 — Increasing access long-acting, reversible contraception (LARCs)

Sponsor: Jordan Hill (R-41)
Bill Text

This bill will require all insurance providers to cover contraceptives for up to a year.

Last Action: Passed House Health and Human Resources Committee; Sent to House Floor

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House Bill 4189 - Parental Leave Act

Sponsor: Moore Capito (R-35)
Bill Text

Guarantees 12 weeks of paid medical and family leave for all West Virginians. Paid family medical leave laws guarantee workers access to the paid time they need to recover from a serious illness or to care for a sick family member or a new child.

Last Action: Passed House Judiciary Committee; Sent to House Finance Committee 2/6/20

House Bill 4385 — Establishing Family and Medical Leave Insurance Benefits Act

Sponsor: Amanda Estep-Burton (D-36)
Bill Text

This bill would guarantee West Virginia workers the ability to keep their jobs and maintain their financial security while caring for themselves or family members. Paid family medical leave laws guarantee workers access to the paid time they need to recover from a serious illness or to care for a sick family member or a new child.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary 1/16/20

House Bill 4592 — Extending periods of limitations for commencing certain criminal and civil sexual offenses

Sponsor: Barbara Evans Fleischauer (D-51)
Bill Text

This bill will extend limitation to a prosecution of a sexual crime. This gives survivors of sexual assaults time to decide if and when they want to pursue a case against a perpetrator.

Last Action: Sent to House Judiciary Committee on 1/29/20

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House Bill 4629 — Removing Tax on Menstrual Products

Sponsor: Sammi Brown (D-65)
Bill Text

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. A companion bill, SB 663, was introduced in the Senate.

Last Action: Sent to House Health and Human Resources Committee on 1/31/20

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Senate Bill 22 — Requiring Free Menstrual Products in Schools

Sponsor: Bob Beach (D-13)
Bill Text

Providing necessary products for free in public spaces like schools aims to minimize menstruation stigma and make sure girls don’t miss school because of lack of access to period products. A similar bill (HB 2464) was also introduced in the House.

Last Action: Sent to Senate Education 1/8/20

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Senate Bill 484 — Requiring Free Menstrual Products for Incarcerated People

Sponsor: Richard Lindsay (D-08)
Bill Text

Everyone deserve access to the period products they need -- including incarcerated people. This bill insures that incarcerated people are provided period products for free.

Last Action: Passed House Judiciary 2/6/20; Sent to House Finance

House Bill 4007 - "Born Alive Survivors Protection Act"

Sponsor: Ruth Rowan (R-57), Dean Jeffries (R-40), Jeffrey Pack (R-28), Zack Maynard (R-22), Eric Porterfield (R-27), Geoff Foster (R-15), Terry Waxman (R-48), Tom Bibby (R-62),Caleb Hanna (R-44), Trenton Barnhart (R-07), Larry Kump (R-59)
Bill Text

This bill penalizes doctors who perform safe, legal abortions. It attempts to use reproductive health as a political pawn in the ultimate goal of overturning Roe v. Wade and banning abortion entirely.

Last Action: Passed House 93-5; Sent to Senate