Senate Bill No. 134
(By Senators Craigo, Wooton, Jackson and Bowman)
[Introduced January 25, 1996; referred to the Committee
on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section one, article one, chapter
fifty-seven of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to read-only
compact disk copies of legislative journals, acts,
resolutions and other documents prepared and certified by
the Legislature, to be received in evidence and have same
legal effect as original.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section one, article one, chapter fifty-seven of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. LEGISLATIVE ACTS AND RESOLUTIONS; PUBLIC RECORDS.
§57-1-1. Copies of legislative journals, acts and resolutions.
Copies of the journal of either house of the Legislature,
and copies of the acts and resolutions of the Legislature, which
have been or shall hereafter be published by authority thereof,
shall be received as evidence for any purpose for which the
original journal, acts or resolutions could be received and with
as much effect. For purposes of this chapter, "copy" or "copies"
includes electronic or digitalized copies of legislative
journals, acts, resolutions, and other documents published by the
Legislature: Provided, That such copies have been prepared and
certified by the Legislature as true and accurate copies thereof
and have been stored on and retrieved without alteration from a
read-only compact disk.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that documents
published by the Legislature and stored on read-only compact
disks may be received into evidence and given the same legal
effect as the original.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.