H. B. 2243
(By Delegates Miller, J., Overington and Cowles)
[Introduced January 12, 2011; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §56-6-14a, relating to disclosure by a judicial officer of campaign contributions.
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 §56-6-14a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 6. TRIAL.
§56-6-14a. Contributions disclosure.
(a) On or before January 1 of each calendar year, the Secretary of State shall supply to each circuit clerk and the clerk of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals a list of all attorneys who have donated more than $250 to: (1) The election campaign of a candidate for judicial office, including magistrates, family court judges, circuit court judges and justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals; or (2) any campaign for or against the election of a candidate for judicial office: Provided, That if a candidate has not provided the donors’ occupations, the secretary shall make a good faith effort to determine those occupations.
(b) In matters before any judicial officer, including when a jury has been empaneled, immediately following the completion of voir dire, if applicable, and before testimony is taken, the clerk shall inform, in writing, members of the jury and trial counsel of: (1) All election contributions greater than $250 that the judicial officer has ever received;
(2) All election contributions greater than $250 that advocated for or against the election of the judicial officer; and
(3) All election contributions of more than $250 that the judicial officer has ever received from any attorney in the proceeding before the court, including the specific amount given by each attorney and the date the contribution was made. The clerk shall also cause a copy of this information to be entered into the record.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require disclosure by judicial officers of campaign contributions in excess of $250.
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.