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Introduced Version House Bill 3180 History

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H. B. 3180


(By Delegate Hatfield (By Request))
[Introduced March 23, 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 §59-3-6a, relating to newspapers; and requiring affidavit for publication of death notice or obituary.

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 §59-3-6a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. NEWSPAPERS AND LEGAL ADVERTISEMENTS.
§59-3-6a. Obituaries and death notices; affidavit required for publication.

Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, no qualified newspaper may publish any obituary or death notice without first obtaining an affidavit from the deceased's next of kin, or other appropriate person, attesting to the facts to be so published. The newspaper shall keep such affidavit on file for at least one year from the date of publication.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require newspapers to obtain an affidavit from the next of kin before publishing an obituary or death notice.

§59-3-6a is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.

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