House Joint Resolution 9 History
HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 9
(By Delegate Carmichael)
[Introduced February 16, 2009; referred to the
Committee on Constitutional Revision then the Judiciary.]
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West
Virginia, amending article six thereof by adding thereto a new
section, designated section three-a, relating to term
limitations for legislators; 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 two thousand ten, which proposed amendment is that article
six thereof be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated
section three-a, to read as follows:
ARTICLE VI. THE LEGISLATURE.
§3a. Senators and Delegates -- Term limitations.
Senators are limited to two consecutive terms of four years,
and delegates are limited to four consecutive terms of two years.
The term limitations are for consecutive years and are not lifetime
Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of
article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, such proposed
amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment No. 1" and designated as
the "Term Limitations Amendment" and the purpose of the proposed
amendment is summarized as follows: "To amend the State
Constitution to limit consecutive terms of state senators to two
terms of four years each and of state delegates to four terms of
two years each, these limitations being on consecutive terms and
not lifetime limitations."
NOTE: The purpose of this resolution is to impose term
limitations on legislators.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would