The West Virginia Legislature
The West Virginia Legislature is currently in session.
Opening Day of the Session - January 12, 2022
Twentieth Day - January 31, 2022: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due.
Thirty-fifth Day - February 15, 2022: Last day to introduce bills in the House.
Forty-first Day - February 21, 2022: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate.
Forty-seventh Day - February 27, 2022: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.
Fiftieth Day - March 2, 2022: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills.
Last Day/Sixtieth Day - March 12, 2022: Adjournment at Midnight.
House Bill 3093 - Decoupling active dog racing licenses from racetrack casinos
Introduced to House - January 13, 2022
How a Bill Becomes a Law
A bill is an idea for a new law, or an idea to change or do away with an existing law. Hundreds of bills enter the legislative process in West Virginia each time the Legislature meets. Two groups of elected citizens - 34 senators and 100 delegates - study, discuss and vote on bills, and in doing so act for the people of West Virginia. Bills enter the legislative process either through the House of Delegates or the Senate, but to become laws, bills must pass both chambers and avoid a governor’s veto.
For a pictorial explanation, please click here.
Members of the Senate
Representing 17 senatorial districts, the Senate is comprised of 34 members - 11 Democrats and 23 Republicans.
Click here for a list of current Senators.