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The West Virginia Legislature

Current Bills

The West Virginia Legislature is currently not sitting. Please stay tuned for updates on any bill that may affect greyhound welfare and racing.

The WV Legislature will resume January 8, 2020 and run until March 9, 2020. 

Members of the Senate

Representing 17 senatorial districts, the Senate is comprised of 34 members - 14 Democrats and 20 Republicans. 

Click here for a list of current Senators.

Members of the House of Delegates

The House of Delegates is composed of 100 members, 41 Democrats and 59 Republicans, from 67 delegate districts throughout the state. 

Click here for a list of current Delegates.

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.