SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 1
(By Senator Facemyer)
[Introduced February 11, 2009; referred to the Committee on the
Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West
Virginia, amending section thirteen, article VI thereof,
relating to eligibility of the citizens of the state to seat
in the Legislature; 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 section
thirteen, article VI thereof be amended and reenacted to read as
ARTICLE VI. THE LEGISLATURE.
§13. Eligibility to seat in Legislature.
No person holding any other lucrative office or employment
under this state, the United States, or any foreign government; no
member of Congress; and no person who is sheriff, constable, or
clerk of any court of record, shall be eligible to a seat in the
In addition to any qualifications, prohibitions or
restrictions set forth elsewhere in this Constitution, the
Legislature shall, as sole judge of the qualifications of its
members, determine the eligibility of a person to a seat in the
Legislature in accordance with the provisions of this section.
Subsection A. -- Ineligibility.
No person is eligible to a seat in the Legislature who:
(1) Exercises the powers of either the Executive or the
Judicial Department of this state by virtue of his or her election
or appointment to a lucrative office under this State: Provided,
That a person who is a faculty member of an institution of higher
education of this state is not because of that fact only,
considered to be a member of a class of persons exercising the
powers of the Executive Department of this state;
(2) Exercises the powers of the federal government by virtue
of his or her election or appointment to a lucrative office under
the government of the United States: Provided, That a person
holding a commission in the Military Reserves of the United States
or the National Guard of this state is not, because of that fact only, considered to hold an appointment to a lucrative office under
the government of the United States;
(3) Holds any lucrative office or employment under any foreign
(4) Is an officer of a county government or other political
subdivision of this state whose office is created by this
Subsection B. -- Exception to restriction
against holding lucrative office.
A person who holds a position of mere public employment
subject to the supervision and policy direction of a public
officer, and who does not exercise a portion of sovereign power, is
not considered to hold an appointment to a lucrative office.
That in accordance with the provisions of
article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931,
as amended, the proposed amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment
No. 1" and designated as the "Fair and Equal Citizenship Amendment"
and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows:
"To redefine prohibitions against election to the Legislature and
to clarify that a person who holds a position of mere public
employment and who does not exercise a portion of sovereign power
is eligible for a seat in the Legislature."
NOTE: The purpose of this joint resolution is to clarify who
is eligible for a seat in the Legislature.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present Constitution, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.