“As I reported during the annual convention, the legislature had almost 2,000 proposed laws and resolutions introduced by lawmakers during the 60-day session. Additional proposed legislation was also introduced during the extended 30-plus day session involving the state’s budget,” said Richard Stevens, WVPA Executive Director and lobbyist for the Association.
“This volume of proposed legislation required my continued attention to make sure pharmacies’ interests were represented while several committee meetings were held each day,” he added.
Twenty-two (22) of the 237 bills that ultimately passed the Legislature and signed into law by Governor Jim Justice were of interest to pharmacy. Another 32 bills of interest were introduced but did not pass, according to Stevens.