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Introduced Version House Bill 2487 History

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H. B. 2487


(By Delegate Perry)
[Introduced February 17, 2009; referred to the
Committee on the Judiciary.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §51-1-22, relating to requesting the Supreme Court of Appeals to study the establishment, administration and effect of a uniform bail schedule, and that the Supreme Court of Appeals report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, as to findings and any recommendations.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §51-1-22, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. SUPREME COURT OF APPEALS.
§51-1-22. Uniform bail schedule study.
(a) The West Virginia executive branch, the county commissions and municipal leaders have expressed a desire, interest and need to maintain a cost effective and efficient regional jail system that maintains public and institutional safety. In that regard, the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority has, in the year 2007, had under study the issue of regional jail costs, jail population, crowding and costs, and a balanced systematic approach for institutional and public safety. Among many issues addressed, the question of whether an effective statewide uniform bond schedule would advance or contribute to an improvement in the administration of justice, incarceration rates and incarceration facilities was raised.
(b) As a result, the Legislative Oversight Committee on Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority recommended introduction and passage of legislation to allow the Supreme Court of Appeals to establish a uniform bail schedule. As this proposed legislation was being considered further, it has become apparent that the issue of uniform bond schedules required a further focused and detailed examination.
(c) It is hereby requested that the Supreme Court of Appeals fully study and investigate the feasibility, implementation, effect and any related issues of a uniform bond schedule and report their findings and recommendations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance no later than the beginning of the 2010 regular session of the Legislature.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to request the Supreme Court of Appeals to study the establishment, administration and effect of a uniform bail schedule, and that the Supreme Court of Appeals report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, as to findings and any recommendations.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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