Delegate Fleischauer was the lead sponsor on HB 2108, passed in 2013, which made failure to wear a seat belt a primary offense. It is estimated that primary enforcement of the seat belt law in our state will result in a 6 percent increased use of seat belts, 146 fewer serious accidents, and 32 million dollars in cost savings to taxpayers. It is estimated to save 14 lives per year in West Virginia.
Following beatings and a murder of late-night convenience store employees, Delegate Fleischauer co-sponsored and helped pass HB 4119 in 1998, which mandates safety precautions for such employees. These include security cameras, height markers at the doors, and security booths for workers alone in the store after midnight, as well as robbery prevention training for workers.
HB 4318, sponsored by Delegate Fleischauer in 2014, includes new provisions protecting persons riding bicycles who are in traffic with vehicles. Among other provisions, automobiles now must keep a distance of 3 feet when passing bikes and bicyclists must keep to the right except when making left turns or to avoid obstructions.
At the request of the Morgantown Police Chief, who was worried about increasing hospital admissions encountered as a result of intake of synthetic hallucinogens, Delegate Fleischauer sponsored HB 4208 in 2014. The intention of the legislation was to ban synthetic hallucinogens, also known as bath salts or fake weed. Unfortunately, the Legislature has to continually update this legislation due to the development of ever-more and ever-changing sophisticated new compounds that mimic the hallucinogenic effect of other drugs.
Prompted by contacts from students as well as officials with Well WVU, Delegate Fleischauer introduced legislation in 2014 (HB 4189) and 2015 (HB 2045) relating to providing amnesty for persons who call 911 to prevent a death from an alcohol or drug overdose. After extensive work in the House and Senate Health and Human Resources committees during interim and regular sessions, the Governor introduced legislation which ultimately passed, SB 523.
West Virginia has had the highest opioid drug overdose rate in the country and the House's Health and Human Resources Committee, on which Delegate Fleischauer has served as Vice Chair and Minority Chair, has been working diligently to produce legislation that would increase access to nalaxone, a medication which can reverse the effect of an overdose. She sponsored bills in 2014 (HB 4161) and 2015 (HB 2044), but these proposals were revamped by the Governor and passed in 2015 as SB 335.