§4-1-4. Compelling members to attend.
Either house, or a less number than a quorum thereof, when
assembled at the time and place of meeting, may, by order or
resolution, direct such of its members as are absent without leave
to be brought before the house. The order or resolution shall be
executed by the sergeant-at-arms, or any messengers deputed by him,
or appointed for the purpose by the officer presiding at the
meeting; and a copy of such order or resolution, attested by the
presiding officer or clerk, shall be a sufficient warrant. The
sergeant or messengers shall thereupon forthwith arrest the members
so absent, and bring them before the meeting, and each of them, as
he is brought in, shall be heard, if he wishes it, in excuse of his
absence. If any member so brought in do not render such an excuse
for his absence as the house, or such of its members as are
present, shall deem sufficient, he may be fined not exceeding six
dollars, censured, or discharged from custody, as the house, or
such of its members as are present, shall order; and in either case
shall pay the costs of the arrest. If the excuse be deemed
sufficient, the costs of the arrest shall be certified by the
presiding officer or clerk, and be paid out of the appropriation
for the expenses of the Legislature.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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