There was more opposition to this bill, which faced perhaps more scrutiny than any other during the committee process. It passed on a 72-26 vote, with Democrats and Republicans on both sides of the issue.
Delegate John Ellem, R-Wood, is the minority chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He thanked committee vice chair Tim Manchin, D-Marion, for working the bill through the subcommittee process and coming out with a better piece of legislation.
"We made this bill a much, much better bill than what it started out with," Ellem said.
"Therefore, I'm going to nonetheless vote against the bill. As much better as we made it, I still share some concerns."
Authorities responsible for determining what constitutes "drugged driving" already are over-tasked and lack adequate equipment, Ellem argued.
Other attorneys among lawmakers -- including Delegate Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, and Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton -- argued in committee that the bill would leave too much to the discretion of a police officer. Both voted against the bill Tuesday.
House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and other advocates said the measure would allow the state to start the process of effectively preventing drugged driving.
Miley said the state police would work with the state Bureau of Public Health to establish acceptable for various drugs.
In total, the House on Wednesday approved 48 bills and took no action on six, meaning they will not be passed this session. Bills approved include:
* House Bill 2357, which creates punishments for minors who "sext," or send sexually explicit pictures digitally. It calls for minors caught sending such images to partake in a diversion program to be created by the state Supreme Court.
* House Bill 2548, which increases the penalty for assault or battery of an athletic official. It says someone convicted of assault could face up to a $500 fine and six months in jail. Battery of an official could mean a year in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
* House Bill 2787, which allows a variety of judges and magistrates to carry a concealed gun without paying for a permit. It allows state Supreme Court justices, circuit judges, "senior status" retired judges, magistrates, prosecuting attorneys, assistant prosecuting attorneys and investigators working for the prosecuting attorney to do so. The person must have obtained training on par with what police receive if the person wants to carry the gun in a courthouse.
* A bill that could give the next head of the Department of Health and Human Resources a salary of up to $175,000 annually. The previous ceiling was $95,000. The bill says only the next appointed leader of the DHHR would be able to receive up to that amount, with further increases to fall under the purview of the Legislature.
A bill that would have allowed alcohol sales on Sunday mornings was not taken up. Known as the brunch bill, it was pulled from the active calendar Wednesday afternoon.