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West Virginia Legislative Process

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A Citizen's Guide to Public Policymaking in West Virginia

Condensed from original as published by the West Virginia Women's Commission

This Guide was published to answer the questions:

Initiating Action

Before you take any action, find out the appropriate place to address your issue before you begin so you do not waste time and effort.

For example, you may be concerned with something that is already a law but is not being enforced. In this case, address the issue with the government agency responsible for enforcing law before you take any other action.

A change in the State Constitution requires considerable resources in influencing not only legislators, but also a majority of the state's voters.

Penalty provisions of an existing law may be changed legislatively, but enforcement in individual cases cannot be mandated through the State Law.

Getting Prepared

Learning The Legislative Process

Understanding the legislative process before you begin your effort is essential.

It is helpful to look at the following areas first:

Find out the names of the "Leadership" of both the House and Senate. The leadership consists of the members of the rules committee in each body.

Rules Committees are:

These committees are very important, because they influence the flow of legislation issues.

Information Sources

Gathering information is important in preparing yourself for legislative work. Below are a few sources of information worth investigating.