Senate Bill 503 History
Senate Bill No. 503
(By Senators Kessler (Mr. President), Yost, Wells, Cann, Nohe and
[Introduced March 12, 2013; referred to the Committee on
Government Organization; and then to the Committee on the
A BILL to amend and reenact §7-3-2a of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to requiring purchase and display
of POW/MIA flag at county courthouses and other government
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §7-3-2a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. COUNTY PROPERTY.
§7-3-2a. County commissions to purchase and display flags.
The county commission of every county of the state shall
purchase, out of its General Revenue Fund, a United States flag,
and a flag of the State of West Virginia, four feet by six feet in dimensions and of regulation bunting, or of other appropriate size
and quality, for its courthouse, and shall require the flags to be
displayed from the courthouse, or from an appropriate nearby staff
or pole, every day between the hours of sunrise and sunset, except
in inclement weather. Each county commission shall also purchase
a United States flag and a flag of the State of West Virginia, and
require the flags to be displayed at all times in the circuit
courtroom of the county. Each county and any municipality therein
purchase a POW-MIA flag to be displayed from its
courthouse or other governmental building alongside the state flag
and United States flag on Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Flag Day,
Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veteran's
Day each year. The custodian or other person in charge of the
courthouse shall display the flags as required by this section.
Any United States flag,
flag of the State of West Virginia
or POW/MIA flag
purchased out of the general revenue of the county
must be manufactured in the United States.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the POW/MIA flag
to be displayed at county courthouses and certain other buildings
on certain occasions.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would