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Introduced Version House Joint Resolution 20 History

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HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 20

(By Delegates Overington, Ellington, R. Phillips, Sobonya, C. Miller, Walters, Storch and Gearheart)


[Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the Committee on Constitutional Revision then the Judiciary.]




Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, amending article VIII thereof, by adding thereto a new section, designated section 16, relating to imposition of capital punishment; 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 2014, which proposed amendment is that article VIII thereof be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section 16, to read as follows:

ARTICLE VIII. JUDICIAL POWER.

§16. Imposition of capital punishment.

_____The Legislature shall provide by general law the procedure for the imposition of capital punishment.

     Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, such proposed amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment No. 1" and designated as the "Capital Punishment Amendment" and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: "The purpose of this amendment is to require the Legislature to approve by general law capital punishment."



     NOTE: The purpose of this resolution is to require the Legislature to approve by general law capital punishment.

     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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