HB4013 S JUD AMT
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. Com. Sub. for House Bill 4013--A Bill to amend and reenact §6-9A-6 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §14-2-2 and §14-2-2a of said code, and to amend and reenact §56-1-1 of said code, all relating to venue in West Virginia state courts; providing that the circuit court in the county where the public agency regularly meets is a proper venue for certain claims; providing that any suit for which insurance coverage administered by the state board of risk and insurance management exists may be brought in the circuit court of Kanawha County or in the circuit court of any county where the acts of omissions giving rise to the suit occurred; providing that certain suits filed against a state agency may be brought in the circuit court of Kanawha County or in circuit court of any county where the state agency regularly meets; providing that any civil action in which the governing board of any state institution of higher education or any state institution of higher education is made a party defendant shall be brought in the circuit court of the county wherein the cause of action arose, unless otherwise agreed upon; providing that nonresidents may not bring actions in the courts of this state unless all or a substantial part of the acts or omissions giving rise to the claim occurred in the state; providing an effective date; providing that nonresidents may file actions in the state courts if they cannot otherwise obtain jurisdiction in the state where the action arose, unless barred by the statute of limitations in the state the action arose; requiring the filing of an affidavit; providing that the provisions do not apply to actions filed against West Virginia citizens, residents, corporations, or other corporate entities; providing that each plaintiff must establish venue; providing that persons may not intervene or join in a pending action as plaintiff unless they independently establish venue; providing that courts shall dismiss claims without prejudice if venue is not proper as to a nonresident plaintiff; providing that venue is proper as to other defendants if venue is proper as to one defendant with respect to all actions arising out of the same transaction or occurrence; providing a definition of “nonresident”; and providing exceptions for members of the armed forces of the United States and students of any college or university of this state.