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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. Com. Sub. for House Bill 2891—A Bill to amend and reenact §30-29-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-29-14, all relating to minimum standards for hiring of pre-certified law-enforcement officers; adding “pre-certified law-enforcement officer” as a defined term; prohibiting West Virginia law-enforcement agencies from employing or offering to employ a pre-certified law-enforcement officer without certain findings; requiring a hiring West Virginia law-enforcement agency to make written findings or adopt the written findings of a previous employing West Virginia law-enforcement agency documenting that the pre-certified law-enforcement officer meets certain minimum standards; requiring such written findings to be made available to the Law-Enforcement Professional Standards Subcommittee of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency, and Correction; providing ten minimum standards for hiring of a pre-certified law-enforcement officer; requiring report from background investigation to be made part of written findings; authorizing Law-Enforcement Professional Standards Subcommittee to deny certification or deny admission to a basic entry-level training program to a person failing to meet minimum standards; requiring direct supervision of a pre-certified law-enforcement officer by a certified law-enforcement officer while engaged in law-enforcement duties; providing meaning of “directly supervised”; providing for recordkeeping; providing for transfer of records between employing West Virginia law-enforcement agencies; providing exception for West Virginia State Police; specifying application of requirements pertaining to minimum standards for hiring of pre-certified law-enforcement officers; and providing exception to disclosure under West Virginia Freedom of Information Act for certain records.