House Resolution 1 History
House Resolution 1
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Thompson)
[January 14, 2009]
"Adopting Rules of the House of Delegates."
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the Rules of the House of Delegates in effect at the expiration of the 78th Legislature
are hereby adopted and shall govern the proceedings of the regular sessions of the 79th Legislature
and any extraordinary sessions thereof insofar as applicable, subject to amendment as provided by
Rule 133, except that the Rules 76 and 77 shall read as follows:
76. At the commencement of each Legislature, the Speaker shall appoint the standing
committees established by this rule. The Speaker shall refer bills introduced, resolutions offered,
and messages, petitions, memorials and other matters presented to such committee as he shall deem
appropriate to consider and report thereon.
Standing committees are hereby created as follows:
1. Committee on Agriculture
and Natural Resources 2. Committee on Banking and Insurance
3. Committee on Constitutional Revision
4. Committee on Education
5. Committee on Finance
6. Committee on Government Organization
7. Committee on Health and Human Resources
8. Committee on Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business
9. Committee on Interstate Cooperation
10. Committee on the Judiciary
11. Committee on Natural Resources
12. Committee on Pensions and Retirement
13. Committee on Political Subdivisions
14. Committee on Roads and Transportation
15. Committee on Rules
16. Committee on Senior Citizen Issues
17. Committee on Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security"
"Jurisdiction of Committees
77. In general and without limitation, standing committees shall have functions and
jurisdiction of subjects and other matters as follows:
1. Committee on Agriculture
and Natural Resources: (a) Agriculture generally, including
agricultural production and marketing, animal industry and animal health, adulteration of seeds, commercial feeding stuffs and commercial fertilizer, processed foods, insect pests and pesticides,
soil conservation, milk and milk products, meats and meat products, agricultural extension service,
etomology and plant quarantine, poultry and poultry products, and human nutrition and home
economics; and (b) natural resources in general, including game and fish, forests and wildlife areas,
parks and recreation, water resources and reclamation.
2. Committee on Banking and Insurance: (a) Banks and banking, and financial institutions
generally; (b) control and regulation of all types of insurance, including organization, qualification
and licensing of insurers; and (c) securities and exchanges.
3. Committee on Constitutional Revision: (a) Proposals to amend the Constitution of the
United States or the Constitution of the State; and (b) legislation relating to constitutional
4. Committee on Education: (a) Education generally; (b) boards of education, and
administration and control of schools; (c) textbooks and school curricula; (d) vocational education
and rehabilitation; (e) qualifications, employment and tenure of teachers; (f) libraries; and (g) public
schools and institutions of higher education.
5. Committee on Finance: (a) Tax and revenue measures increasing or decreasing the
revenue or fiscal liability of the State; (b) collection of taxes and other revenue; (c) annual Budget
Bills and supplementary appropriation bills; (d) proposals reducing public expenditures; (e)
proposals relating to the principal and interest of the public debt; and (f) claims against the State.
6. Committee on Government Organization: (a) Legislation and proposals dealing with the
Executive Department of state government with respect to creation, duties and functions;
consolidation and abolition; and transfer, imposition and elimination of functions and duties of
departments, commissions, boards, offices and agencies; and (b) measures relating to the Legislative Department, other than apportionment of representation and redistricting for the election of members
of the two houses.
7. Committee on Health and Human Resources: (a) Public health and public welfare
generally; (b) mental health; (c) public and private hospitals and similar institutions; (d) prevention
and control of communicable and infectious diseases; (e) pure food and drugs; (f) poison and
narcotics; (g) correctional and penal institutions; and (h) public assistance and relief.
8. Committee on Energy, Industry and Labor, Economic Development and Small Business:
(a) Energy matters generally; (b) Employment and establishment of industry; (c) labor standards; (d)
labor statistics; (e) mediation and arbitration of labor disputes; (f) wages and hours of labor; (g) child
labor; (h) safety and welfare of employees; (i) industry and labor generally; (j) infrastructure; (k)
small business; (l) e-commerce; (m) e-government; (n) economic development; and (o) job creation.
9. Committee on Interstate Cooperation: Constitute the House members of the West
Virginia Commission on Interstate Cooperation as provided by Article 1B, Chapter 29 of the Code.
10. Committee on the Judiciary: (a) Judicial proceedings, civil and criminal generally; (b)
state and local courts and their officers; (c) crimes and their punishment; (d) corporations; (e)
collection and enforcement of property taxes; (f) forfeited, delinquent, waste and unappropriated
lands; (g) real property and estates therein; (h) domestic relations and family law; (i) revision and
codification of the statutes of the State; (j) election laws; and (k) other matters of a nature not
deemed properly referable to any other standing committee.
11. Committee on Natural Resources: Natural resources in general, including game and fish,
forest and wildlife areas, parks and recreation, water resources and reclamation.
12. Committee on Pensions and Retirement: (a) Continuing study and investigation of
retirement benefit plans of the State and political subdivisions thereof; (b)
making recommendations with particular attention to financing of the various pension funds and financing of accrued
liabilities; (c) considering all aspects of pension planning and operation; and (d) analyzing each item
of proposed pension and retirement legislation with particular reference as to cost, actuarial
soundness and adherence to sound pension policy.
13. Committee on Political Subdivisions: (a) Counties, districts and municipalities
generally; (b) division of the State into senatorial districts and apportionment of delegate
representation in the House; and (c) division of the State into districts for the election of
representatives to Congress.
14. Committee on Roads and Transportation: (a) Highways, public roads, railways, canals
and waterways, aeronautics, aircraft and airways; (b) motor vehicle administration and registration;
(c) licensing of motor vehicle operators and chauffeurs; (d) traffic regulation and laws of the road;
and (e) regulation of motor carriers of passengers and property for hire.
15. Committee on Rules: (a) Rules, joint rules, order of business and parliamentary rules in
general; (b) recesses and final adjournments of the House and the Legislature; (c) payment of money
out of the contingent or other fund of the House or creating a charge upon the same; (d) employees
of and services to the House, and purchase of furniture, supplies and office equipment; (e) election
and qualification of members of the House and state officers, privileges of members and officers of
the House, and witnesses attending the House or any committee thereof; (f) punishment of members
of the House for disorderly conduct; and punishment of any person not a member for contempt,
disrespectful behavior in the presence of the House, obstructing its proceedings, and for any assault,
threat or abuse of a member of the House; (g) House printing; (h) House Library, statuary and
pictures, acceptance or purchase of works of art for the Capitol, purchase of books and manuscripts
for the House, erection of monuments to the memory of individuals; and (i) sale of food and administration and assignment of office space in the House wing of the Capitol.
16. Committee on Senior Citizen Issues: Proposal, revision and recodification of statutory
provisions relating to all senior citizen issues.
17. Committee on Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security: (a) Veterans' measures; (b)
education of veterans; (c) cemeteries of the State in which veterans of any war or conflict are or may
be buried; (d) measures generally affecting the health and welfare of veterans; and (e) measures
relating to detection, protection against, response to, and recovery from, terrorist attacks, internal or