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The West Virginia Legislature

Current Bills

The West Virginia Legislature starts on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. 

Important Dates from the 2024 Session

First Day - January 10, 2024: First day of session. (WV Const. Art. VI, §18)

Twentieth Day - January 29, 2024: Submission of Legislative Rule-Making Review bills due. (WV Code §29A-3-12)

Thirty-fifth Day - February 13, 2024: Last day to introduce bills in the House. House Rule 91a does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-first Day - February 19, 2024: Last day to introduce bills in the Senate. Senate Rule 14 does not apply to originating or supplementary appropriation bills, and does not apply to Senate or House resolutions or concurrent resolutions.

Forty-seventh Day - February 25, 2024: Bills due out of committees in house of origin to ensure three full days for readings.

Fiftieth Day - February 28, 2024: Last day to consider bill on third reading in house of origin. Does not include budget or supplementary appropriation bills.
(Joint Rule 5, paragraph b)

Sixtieth Day - March 9, 2024: Adjournment at Midnight.
(WV Const. Art. VI, §22)

Governor Jim Justice greyhound
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 - 2024
Members of the House of Delegates - 2024

Representing 17 senatorial districts, the Senate comprises 34 members - 3 Democrats and 31 Republicans. Senators serve four-year terms with half of those seats up for election every two years.

 

Senate Leadership

President of the Senate Craig P. Blair
President Pro Tempore: Donna J. Boley
Majority Leader: Tom Takubo
Majority Whip: Ryan Weld
Minority Leader: Mike Woelfel
Minority Whip: Robert H. Plymale

Click here for a list of current Senators.

The House of Delegates is composed of 100 members, 11 Democrats and 89 Republicans, from 100 delegate districts throughout the state. Delegates serve two-year terms with all of the seats in the House up for election every two years.

House Leadership

Speaker of the House: Roger Hanshaw
Majority Leader: Eric L. Householder
Majority Whip: Marty Gearheart
Speaker Pro Tempore: Paul Espinosa
Deputy Speaker: Matthew Rohrbach
Assistant Majority Leaders: Laura KimbleJohn Paul HottDean Jeffries
Deputy Majority Whips: Jonathan PinsonChris Pritt,
Assistant Majority Whips: Walter HallScot HeckertMichael HitePatrick LucasCarl MartinJordan MaynorAndy ShamblinGeorge StreetAdam Vance
Minority Leader: Sean Hornbuckle
Minority Whip: Shawn Fluharty
Minority Leader Pro Tempore: Kayla Young

Click here for a list of current Delegates.

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