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Introduced Version House Joint Resolution 1 History

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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 1


(By Delegates Ennis, Hamilton, Romine, Azinger and White)

[Introduced February 11, 2009; referred to the

Committee on Constitutional Revision then the Judiciary.]





Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, amending section three, article VI thereof, relating to increasing the terms of members of the House of Delegates from two years to four years; and increasing the terms of members of the state Senate from four to six years; numbering and designating such proposed amendment; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such proposed amendment.

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, two thirds of the members elected to each house agreeing thereto:
That the question of ratification or rejection of an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia be submitted to the voters of the state at the next general election to be held in the year 2010, which proposed amendment is that section three, article VI thereof be amended and reenacted, to read as follows:
ARTICLE VI. THE LEGISLATURE.
§3. Senators and delegates -- Terms of office.
Senators shall be elected for the term of four six years and delegates for the term of two four years, beginning with the first general election after the first day of January, two thousand ten. The senators first elected, shall continue to divide themselves into two classes, one senator from every district being assigned to each class; and of these classes, the first to be designated by lot in such manner as the Senate may determine, shall hold their seats for two years, and the second for four years, so that after the first election, one half of the senators shall be elected biennially with each Senator serving a six-year term commencing after the regularly scheduled expiration of each four-year term, after the first day of January, two thousand ten.
Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1991, as amended, such proposed amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment No. 1" and designated as the "Increase of Terms of Members of the Legislature Amendment," and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: "To increase the terms of members of the House of Delegates from two years to four years; and to further increase the terms of members of the state Senate from four to six years."


NOTE: The purpose of this Resolution is to propose an amendment to the State Constitution that would increase the terms of members of the House of Delegates from two to four years, and would increase the terms of members of the state Senate from four to six years.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present Constitution, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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