HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION 22
(By Delegate Wright)
(Introduced January 14, 1998; referred to the
Committee on Constitutional Revision.)
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West
Virginia, amending article six thereof by adding thereto a
new section, designated section three-a, relating to term
limitations for legislators; 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 one thousand nine hundred ninety-eight,
which proposed amendment is that article six thereof be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated section three-a, to
read as follows:
ARTICLE VI. THE LEGISLATURE.
§3a. Senators and Delegates -- Term limitations.
Senators are limited to three consecutive terms of four
years, and delegates are limited to six consecutive terms of four
years. The term limitations are for consecutive years and are
not lifetime limitations.
Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of
article eleven, chapter three of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, such proposed
amendment is hereby numbered "Amendment No. 1" and designated as
the "Term Limitations Amendment" and the purpose of the proposed
amendment is summarized as follows: "To amend the State
Constitution to limit consecutive terms of state senators to
three terms of four years each and of state delegates to six
terms of two years each, these limitations being on consecutive
terms and not lifetime limitations."
NOTE: The purpose of this resolution is to impose term
limitations on legislators.
This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.