The West Virginia Legislature
The West Virginia Legislature has ended for the 2023 session.
Important Dates from the 2023 Session
Opening Day of the Session - January 11, 2023
Twentieth Day - January 30, 2023: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due.
Thirty-fifth Day - February 14, 2023: Last day to introduce bills in the House.
Forty-first Day - February 20, 2023: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate.
Forty-seventh Day - February 26, 2023: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.
Fiftieth Day - March 1, 2023: 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 11, 2023: Adjournment at Midnight.
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 - 2023
Representing 17 senatorial districts, the Senate is comprised of 34 members.
Click here for a list of current Senators.