H. B. 2399
(By Delegates Riggs, By Request, and Blass,
Stalnaker and Everson)
[Introduced January 10, 1996; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section one, article two, chapter two
of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, relating to making Good Friday an
observable legal holiday.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section one, article two, chapter two of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. LEGAL HOLIDAYS; SPECIAL MEMORIAL DAYS; CONSTRUCTION
OF STATUTES; DEFINITIONS.
§2-2-1. Legal holidays; official acts or court proceedings.
The following days shall be regarded, treated and observed
as legal holidays, viz: The first day of January, commonly
called "New Year's Day"; the third Monday of January, commonly
called "Martin Luther King's Birthday"; the twelfth day of
February, commonly called "Lincoln's Birthday"; the third Monday
of February, commonly called "Washington's Birthday"; Good
Friday; the last Monday in May, commonly called "Memorial Day"; the twentieth day of June, commonly called "West Virginia Day";
the fourth day of July, commonly called "Independence Day"; the
first Monday of September, commonly called "Labor Day"; the
second Monday of October, commonly called "Columbus Day"; the
eleventh day of November, hereafter referred to as "Veterans'
Day"; the fourth Thursday of November, commonly called
"Thanksgiving Day"; the twenty-fifth day of December, commonly
called "Christmas Day"; any national, state or other election day
throughout the district or municipality wherein the election is
held; and all days which may be appointed or recommended by the
governor of this state, or the president of the United States, as
days of thanksgiving, or for the general cessation of business;
and when any of these days or dates falls on a Sunday, then the
succeeding Monday shall be regarded, treated and observed as the
When the return day of any summons or other court proceeding
or any notice or time fixed for holding any court or doing any
official act shall fall on any of these holidays, the next
ensuing day which is not a Saturday, Sunday or legal holiday
shall be taken as meant and intended: Provided, That nothing
herein contained shall increase nor diminish the legal school
holidays provided for in section two, article five, chapter eighteen-a of this code.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make Good Friday an
observable legal holiday.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.