West Virginian legislators end session without passing initiative reforms

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June 16, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

CHARLESTON, West Virginia: Legislators in West Virginia ended its regular session on March 20, 2010, without passing two pieces of initiative legislation.

The most significant piece of legislation that was considered was House Bill 4313. The bill would have required groups in support or opposition of a referendum to register with the West Virginia Secretary of State and be subject to reporting requirements for the first time. Under current law, referendum committees are not required to register with the Secretary of State[1]. The bill failed to advance out of committee[2]

Legislators also took up a proposal to allow citizens to recall federal officials that are from West Virginia except for those who hold a lifetime appointment as a condition of holding office. House Bill 4156 would allow West Virginia to become the latest state to allow some form of recall. The proposed legislation died in committee without having a floor vote in either house of the Legislature[3].

Governor Joe Manchin called the Legislature into special session on May 13, 2010, but no initiative legislation was brought up during the special session[4] that lasted seven days[5].

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