WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
Senate Joint Resolution 11
By Senators Weld, Rucker, Baldwin, Karnes, Woelfel, Ihlenfeld, Maroney, Martin, Woodrum, and Phillips
[Introduced March 2, 2021;
to the Committee on the Judiciary; and then to the Committee on Finance]
Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the State of West Virginia, amending section four, article VII thereof, relating to preventing any individual from serving in the office of Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture, or Attorney General for more than three consecutive terms; numbering and designating such 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 the year 2022, which proposed amendment is that section four, article VII thereof, be amended to read as follows:
None of the executive officers mentioned in this article shall hold any other office during the term of his or her service.
A person who has been elected or who has served as governor during all or any part of two consecutive terms shall be ineligible for the office of governor during any part of the term immediately following the second of the two consecutive terms. The person holding the office of governor when this section is ratified shall not be prevented from holding the office of governor during the term immediately following the term he is then serving.
For the offices of secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, or attorney general, a person who has served in one such office for all or any part of three consecutive terms beginning in the calendar year of 2024 or later is ineligible to serve in that same office during any part of the term immediately following the third consecutive term.
Resolved further, That in accordance with the provisions of article eleven, chapter three of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, such amendment is hereby numbered “Amendment No. 1” and designated as the “Constitutional Officer Term Limit Amendment” and the purpose of the proposed amendment is summarized as follows: “To prevent any person from serving in the office of Secretary of State, Auditor, Treasurer, Commissioner of Agriculture, or Attorney General for more than three consecutive terms.”
NOTE: The purpose of this resolution is to amend the constitution to prevent any person from serving in the office of secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, commissioner of agriculture, or attorney general for more than three consecutive terms.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.