HOUSE RESOLUTION 14
(By Delegates Holstein, Anderson, Barnhart, Barrett, Booth, Bridges, Burkhammer, Conley, Cooper, Crouse, Dean, Ellington, Espinosa, Fast, Ferrell, Forsht, Foster, Gearheart, Graves, Hamrick, Hanna, Hardy, Haynes, Honaker, Hott, Householder, Howell, D. Jeffries, J. Jeffries, Jennings, Keaton, D. Kelly, J. Kelly, Kessinger, Kimble, Kimes, Linville, Longanacre, Mallow, Mandt, Martin, Maynard, Maynor, Mazzocchi, Miller, Nestor, Pack, Paynter, Phillips, Pinson, Pritt, Reed, Reynolds, Riley, Rohrbach, Rowan, Smith, Statler, Steele, Storch, Summers, Sypolt, Toney, Tully, Wamsley, B. Ward, G. Ward, Westfall, Worrell, and Zatezalo)
[February 15, 2022]
Condemning calls to defund the police.
Whereas, The State of West Virginia is established on the rule of law, which upholds the founding principles of our nation; Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness; and
Whereas, The House of Delegates of the West Virginia Legislature, recognizes the importance of the work of our law-enforcement officers across the state and nation; and
Whereas, The duties of law-enforcement officers place these individuals in harm’s way and leaves them away from their family for extended periods of time; and
Whereas, The State of West Virginia recognizes there is a culture of anti-law enforcement bias in this nation that must be condemned and defunding the police would leave police departments lacking staff, underpaid, and underequipped, while also increasing the risk of unattended crime to communities throughout West Virginia; therefore, be it
Resolved by the House of Delegates:
That the State of West Virginia condemns all calls to Defund the Police across the nation, and in states, and localities.