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Introduced Version Senate Joint Resolution 13 History

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WEST virginia Legislature

2016 regular session

Introduced

Senate Joint Resolution 13

By Senator Blair

[Introduced February 20, 2016;
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
]

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, amending article IX thereof by adding thereto a new section, designated section fourteen, relating to prohibiting adoption or enforcement of a local law, ordinance, resolution, rule or policy that creates a protected classification or promotes discrimination on a basis not contained in state law; recognizing that all life is equal from conception to the grave; numbering and designating the proposed amendment; and providing a summarized statement of the purpose of such proposed amendment.

Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia, two thirds of the members elected to each house agreeing thereto:

That the question of ratification or rejection of an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia be submitted to the voters of the state at the next general election to be held in 2016, which proposed amendment is that article IX thereof, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section fourteen, to read as follows:

ARTICLE IX.

§14.  Elimination of Protected Class.

No county, municipality or other political subdivision may adopt or enforce a local law, ordinance, resolution, rule or policy that creates a protected classification or promotes discrimination on a basis not contained in state law, recognizing that all life is equal from conception to the grave.

Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, the proposed amendment is hereby numbered “Amendment No. 1” and designated as the “No Protected Class Amendment” and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: “To prohibit adoption and enforcement of a local law, ordinance, resolution, rule or policy that creates a protected classification or promotes discrimination on a basis not contained in state law, recognizing that all life is equal from conception to the grave.”

 

NOTE: The purpose of this resolution is ensure that businesses, organizations and employers doing business in West Virginia are subject to uniform nondiscrimination laws and obligations.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present Constitution, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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