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WVC 15 - 4 - 1 §15-4-1. Governor authorized to organize and maintain West Virginia state guard.
Whenever any part of the national guard of this state is in active federal service, the governor is hereby authorized to organize and maintain within this state during such period, under such regulations as the secretary of defense of the United States may prescribe for discipline in training, such military forces as the governor may deem necessary to defend this state. Such forces shall be composed of officers commissioned or assigned, and such able-bodied male citizens of the state as shall volunteer for service therein, supplemented, if necessary, by men of the reserve militia enrolled by draft or otherwise as provided by law. Such forces shall be additional to and distinct from the national guard and shall be known as the "West Virginia state guard": Provided, That any funds appropriated by the Legislature to the adjutant general for the organization, administration, training and supply of the organized militia may be expended for such purposes with respect to the West Virginia state guard. Such forces shall be uniformed.

WVC 15 - 4 - 2 §15-4-2. Rules and regulations.
The governor is hereby authorized to prescribe rules and regulations not inconsistent with the provisions of this article governing the enlistment, organization, administration, equipment, maintenance, training and discipline of such forces: Provided, That such rules and regulations, insofar as he deems practicable and desirable, shall conform to existing law governing and pertaining to the national guard and the rules and regulations promulgated thereunder, and shall prohibit the acceptance of gifts, donations, gratuities or anything of value by such forces or by any member of such forces from any individual, firm, association, or corporation by reason of such membership.

WVC 15 - 4 - 3 §15-4-3. Pay and allowances.
The pay for officers and enlisted men of the West Virginia state guard for service at camps of instruction, rifle practice, practice marches and maneuvers, or other duties ordered by the governor, shall be such as are provided in the National Defense Act or amendments thereto. Officers and enlisted men, when employed in the actual service of the state, as defined and provided in this article, beginning on the day they assembled at their armories or other designated places, until the day they have returned thereto and been properly relieved, inclusive, fractional parts of a day counting as a full day, shall receive the same pay and allowances as provided for officers and enlisted men in the West Virginia national guard.

WVC 15 - 4 - 4 §15-4-4. Arms and equipment; use of state armories, etc.
For use of such forces, the governor is hereby authorized to requisition from the secretary of war such arms and equipment as may be in possession of and can be spared by the war department; and to make available to such forces the facilities of state armories and their equipment and such other state premises and property as may be available.

WVC 15 - 4 - 5 §15-4-5. Service limited to state, except as to fresh pursuit; apprehension of persons in another state.
Such forces shall not be required to serve outside the boundaries of this state. Except that any organization, unit or detachment of such forces, upon order of the officer in immediate command thereof, may continue in fresh pursuit of insurrectionists, saboteurs, enemies or enemy forces beyond the borders of this state into another state until they are apprehended or captured by such organization, unit or detachment or until the military or police forces of the other state or the forces of the United States have had a reasonable opportunity to take up the pursuit or apprehend or capture such persons: Provided, That such other state shall have given authority by law for such pursuit by such forces of this state. Any such person who shall be apprehended or captured in such other state by an organization, unit or detachment of the forces of this state shall without unnecessary delay be surrendered to the military or police forces of the state in which he is taken or to the United States, but such surrender shall not constitute a waiver by this state of its right to extradite or prosecute such person for any crime committed in this state.

WVC 15 - 4 - 6 §15-4-6. Pursuit and apprehension of certain persons in this state by military forces of another state.
Any military forces or organization, unit or detachment thereof, of another state, who are in fresh pursuit of insurrectionists, saboteurs, enemies or enemy forces, may continue such pursuit into this state until the military or police forces of this state or the forces of the United States have had a reasonable opportunity to take up the pursuit or to apprehend or capture such persons and are hereby authorized to arrest or capture such persons within this state while in fresh pursuit. Any such person who shall be captured or arrested by the military forces of such other state while in this state shall, without unnecessary delay, be surrendered to the military or police forces of this state to be dealt with according to law. This section shall not be construed so as to make unlawful any arrest in this state which would otherwise be lawful, and nothing contained in this section shall be deemed to repeal any of the provisions of the uniform act on the fresh pursuit of criminals.

WVC 15 - 4 - 7 §15-4-7. Status of forces and members thereof with regard to federal service.
Nothing in this article shall be construed as authorizing such forces, or any part thereof, to be called, ordered or in any manner drafted as such, into the military service of the United States, but no person shall by reason of his enlistment or commission in any such forces be exempted from military service under any law of the United States.

WVC 15 - 4 - 8 §15-4-8. Civil organizations, etc., not to be enlisted as unit.
No civil organization, society, club, post, order, fraternity, association, brotherhood, body, union, league, or other combination of persons or civil group shall be enlisted in such forces as an organization or unit.

WVC 15 - 4 - 9 §15-4-9. Disqualifications.
No person shall be commissioned or enlisted in such forces who is not a citizen of the United States or who has been expelled or dishonorably discharged from any military or naval organization of this state, or of another state, or of the United States.

WVC 15 - 4 - 10 §15-4-10. Oath of officers.
The oath to be taken by officers commissioned in such forces shall be substantially in the form prescribed for officers of the national guard, substituting the words "West Virginia state guard" where necessary.

WVC 15 - 4 - 11 §15-4-11. Term of enlistment; oath of enlisted men.
No person shall be enlisted for more than one year but such enlistment may be renewed. The oath to be taken upon enlistment in such forces shall be substantially in the form prescribed for enlisted men of the national guard, substituting the words "West Virginia state guard" where necessary.

WVC 15 - 4 - 12 §15-4-12. Articles of war to apply as to court-martial, etc.; freedom from arrest; jury duty.
(a) Whenever such forces or any part thereof shall be ordered out for active service the articles of war of the United States applicable to members of the national guard of this state in relation to courts-martial, their jurisdiction and the limits of punishment and the rules and regulations prescribed thereunder shall be in full force and effect with respect to the West Virginia state guard.

(b) No officer or enlisted man of such forces shall be arrested on any warrant, except for treason or felony, while going to, remaining at, or returning from a place where he is ordered to attend for military duty. Every officer and enlisted man of such forces shall, during his service therein, be exempt from service upon any posse comitatus and from jury duty.

WVC 15 - 4 - 13 §15-4-13. Citation of article.
This article may be cited as the "West Virginia State Guard Act."

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§15 - 1 K- 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 2 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 3 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 4 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 5 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 6 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 7 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 8 - (New Code)
§15 - 1 K- 9 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB280 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 04/07/2017)
Moving administration of Civil Air Patrol to Adjutant General
§15 - 2 - 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB523 SUB1 enr  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Converting to biweekly pay cycle for state employees
§15 - 2 - 10 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 - 24 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

sb684 enr  (Uploaded - 04/04/2017)
Relating generally to WV State Police
§15 - 2 - 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

sb690 enr  (Uploaded - 04/10/2017)
Authorizing WV State Police impose and collect fees for agencies and entities using their facilities
§15 - 3 B- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 3 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 4 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 5 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 3 B- 6 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2167 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/20/2017)
Creating a Silver Alert program for senior citizens
§15 - 9 A- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 12 - 2 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2318 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/25/2017)
Relating generally to human trafficking
§15 - 2 - 45 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 A- 6 B - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2586 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/04/2017)
Relating to required minimum distribution of retirement benefits of plans administered by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board
§15 - 2 D- 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2676 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Transferring the Security office under the Division of Culture and History to the Division of Protective Services
§15 - 14 - 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 2 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 3 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 4 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 5 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 6 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 7 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 8 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 9 - (New Code)
§15 - 14 - 10 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2759 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/14/2017)
Creating Statewide Interoperable Radio Network
§15 - 1 J- 2 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 1 J- 4 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

hb2796 ENR  (Uploaded - 04/04/2017)
Relating to the West Virginia National Guard entering into contracts and subcontracts for specialized technical services
§15 - 2 - 17 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 E- 3 - (Amended Code)
§15 - 2 E- 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2939 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/06/2017)
Relating to the sale of items in the State Police Academy post exchange to the public
§15 - 2 - 24 D - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB2980 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/21/2017)
Relating to civil lawsuit filing fees for multiple defendant civil action
§15 - 5 A- 5 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB3048 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 04/08/2017)
Relating to collection of Tier II fees for chemical inventories
§15 - 2 - 24 C - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB104 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/10/2016)
Classifying Marshall University Forensic Science Center as a criminal justice agency
§15 - 1 F- 8 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB484 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Relating to reemployment rights of military personnel
§15 - 2 - 3 - (Amended Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

SB500 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/08/2016)
Authorizing Superintendent of State Police hold training classes to use West Virginia Automated Police Network
§15 - 5 C- 1 - (New Code)
§15 - 5 C- 2 - (New Code)
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4323 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/23/2016)
Relating to the reporting of emergency incidents by well operators and pipeline operators
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