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The Committee on the Judiciary moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. House Bill No. 4383 -- A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §5-30-1, relating to excessive filing of false complaints; defining terms; providing for the discretionary suspension of investigatory obligations by agencies or departments under certain circumstances; setting forth time frames for determination of excessive false complaints; requiring false complaints, as defined, be shown by clear and convincing evidence; limiting the time frame investigatory obligations may be suspended; requiring the agency or department of the state to keep written records related to false complaints; providing for exceptions in the agency’s or department’s sole discretion; providing for written notice of determinations that a complaint was a false complaint; providing that a copy of this article accompany notices; providing that written notice also be provided to the Governor, Speaker of the House and President of the Senate; providing for exceptions to this article for emergency investigations and the West Virginia State Police; providing for civil actions; establishing burden of proof and remedies for civil actions; and preserving other available remedies of an agency or department.