§4-1-4. Compelling members to attend


Published: 2015

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WVC 4-1-4

§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.





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