H. B. 2102
(By Delegate Staton)
February 9, 2005
; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §61-10-32, relating
to making tongue splitting a crime unless performed by a
licensed physician or osteopath; and providing for a penalty.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §61-10-32, to read as
ARTICLE 10. CRIMES AGAINST PUBLIC POLICY.
§61-10-32. Tongue splitting.
(a) "Tongue splitting" means the cutting of a human tongue
so that it is no longer one continuous piece but rather split into
two or more connected segments.
(b) A person may not perform tongue splitting on another
person unless the person performing the tongue splitting is
licensed to practice medicine and surgery by the West Virginia
Board of Medicine or the West Virginia Board of Osteopathy.
(c) Any person who violates subsection (b) of this section, is
guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be
fined not less than fifty dollars nor more than five hundred
dollars or confined in jail not more than one year, or both fined
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
make tongue splitting a
crime unless performed by a licensed physician or osteopath while
providing a penalty for the crime.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.