Senate Bill No. 238
(By Senators Wooton, Ball, Bowman, Dittmar, Fanning, Hunter,
Kessler, Oliverio, Ross, Schoonover, Snyder, Deem, Kimble and
[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary;
reported January 28, 1998.]
A BILL to amend article ten, chapter fifteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section five,
relating to requiring state and local law-enforcement agencies
and officers to notify the federal bureau of investigation and
the state police when investigating a kidnapping.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article ten, chapter fifteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section five,
to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10. COOPERATION BETWEEN LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.
§15-10-5. Requirement to notify the federal bureau of investigation of kidnapping investigations.
Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary,
whenever a law-enforcement agency or law-enforcement officer in
this state investigates an offense believed to constitute the crime
of kidnapping, the agency or officer shall forthwith report said
kidnapping to the federal bureau of investigation in order to
procure that agency's assistance and to notify the West Virginia