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The West Virginia Senate introduced 14 bills during its regular session on Jan. 21.

Senate Bill 346, which was introduced at the request of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, was scheduled to be read a third time but was instead delayed by a vote for it to lie over one day.

The bill would make a supplementary appropriation of Lottery Net Profits from the balance of money that remains as an unappropriated balance in Lottery Net Profits to the Division of Natural Resources for fiscal year 2014 and also to the Bureau of Senior Services - Lottery Senior Citizens Fund for fiscal year 2014.

The bill is identical to House Bill 4181, which was sent to the House Finance Committee Jan. 15.

Senate Bill 391 was introduced in the Senate and would provide salary increases for teachers and school service personnel. Senate Bill 392 would provide salary increases for members of the West Virginia State Police.

Sen. Ronald Miller, D-Greenbrier, recognized Jan. 21 as Agriculture Day at the Legislature. 

"You look at the state seal you're reminded of the fact agriculture blazed the way for what appears in this great state," he said. 

Agriculture was the first industry in the state and continues to pave the way of the future of the Mountain State, he added.

He said agriculture continues to make life better for the people in the state as well as a push to increase the production of food.

He said the Senate needs to make agriculture a part of its legislation and continue to move the production forward in the future.

Senate Bills 3, creating uniform real property transfer on death act, and 29, clarifying requirements for certain motor vehicle searches, were advanced to third reading.

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