WEST VIRGINIA CODE
§4-1-21. Prefiling of bills and resolutions.
Within the thirty-day period immediately preceding the
convening of the Legislature for commencement of a regular session
thereof, any proposed bill or resolution may be prefiled by any
member of the Legislature or by any person who has been elected or
appointed to serve as a member of the Legislature but who has not
yet been administered the oath of office. Such proposed bills or
resolutions shall be filed with the clerk of the house in which the
member or person will serve during the following regular session
not later than the day preceding the opening of such session:
Provided, That nothing herein shall affect a member's right to
introduce a bill or resolution in accord with the rules of the
house of which he is a member.
(b) In addition to such number of copies of bills as may be
required to be presented for introduction by the rules of the
respective houses, all bills or resolutions prefiled shall have two
additional copies appended. After numbering such bills or
resolutions and editing and correcting them as to form, as may be
required by the rules of the respective houses, the appropriate
clerk shall make a tentative referral to the appropriate committee
of the house, forwarding two copies thereof to the committee.
Prior to making such tentative referral, the clerk shall confer
with the presiding officer of the appropriate house if such
presiding officer is available and make such referral as such
presiding officer shall direct. Upon the commencement of the session of the Legislature, the clerk, upon ratification by the
appropriate presiding officer of the tentative referral, shall
proceed with the formal introduction of prefiled bills or
resolutions according to the method of introducing bills as may be
provided by the rules of the respective houses.
(c) Copies of prefiled bills and resolutions shall be mailed
to any member and each member-elect of the Legislature requesting
the same and reasonable quantities shall be made available to the
public and the news media.
(d) Once a bill or resolution is prefiled as herein provided,
it may not be withdrawn or amended prior to its formal introduction
unless the rules of the house involved otherwise direct.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2015 Regular Session
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