WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
Senate Joint Resolution 11
[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary; reported on March 16, 2021]
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:
executive officers mentioned in this article shall not hold any other
office during the term of his or her service.
person who has been elected or who has served as Governor during all or any
part of two consecutive terms
shall not is 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.
After January 1, 2025, a person may not serve more than three consecutive terms as Secretary of State, State Auditor, State Treasurer, Attorney General, or Commissioner of Agriculture. Terms that begin prior to January 1, 2025, are not counted for the purposes of this limitation, but a partial term served after that date shall be considered a term for purposes of this section.
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 for terms beginning after January 1, 2025.”