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CHAPTER 4. THE LEGISLATURE.

ARTICLE 1A. LEGISLATIVE IMMUNITY.

§4-1A-9. Political acts are not privileged.

Legislative immunity does not extend to political acts, including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) Communications to the press through letters, electronic mail, newsletters or news releases: Provided, That the release of pending legislation, committee reports, journals, acts and other official legislative reports and documents is a legitimate legislative activity;

(2) Privately releasing a republication of a speech made within the legislative sphere;

(3) Holding a press conference;

(4) Making speeches or giving interviews outside of the legislative sphere; or

(5) Assisting a constituent or supporter through constituent services, including, but not limited to, making appointments with government agencies, attempting to influence discretionary acts of a government officer or providing assistance in securing government contracts.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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