Every Legislative session we track hundreds of bills and resolutions.  This year you can see all the legislation we are following.  Our tracking list will be updated daily to reflect newly introduced legislation, the progress of introduced bills, and amendments to bills that may change their effect or our position on the bill.  You can find more information about specific bills on the West Virginia Legislature's website. Be sure to check back regularly for more in-depth descriptions of key bills as well.

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Chamber and TypeNumberTitleOur PositionExplanation
HB2017Rewriting the criminal codeOpposeThis is a complete rewrite and reorganization of the criminal code. While some sentences are reduced, assessments indicate many more people would serve longer.
HB2038Revising requirements relating to the issuance and renewal of handicap vehicle placardsOpposeThis bill alters some of the requirements of handicap placards. Notable changes include requiring a medical professional state a specific duration of disability, and requires a registered vehicle for the issuance of a second placard. These requirements create barriers to full utilization of this tool.
HB2039Expunging records of unsubstantiated complaints made by the Department of Health and Human Resources against teachersSupportThis bill expunges the records of teachers after 3 years if complaints against them are unsubstantiated. This is a due process protection.
HB2054Requiring parents or guardians to participate in programs for juveniles in an out-of-home placementOpposeThis bill would require parents or guardians of juveniles placed in out-of-home placement to participate in programs. Participation is important, however, there may be significant barriers to participation including geography or employment requirements. Instead of out-of-home placements, courts should focus on community-based programs that are specifically designed to work with families, and should apply them in a case-by-case basis.
HB2060Reducing the criminal penalty for possession of small amounts of marijuana or paraphernalSupportThis bill is a form of cannabis decriminalization, which substitutes fines instead of incarceration for small amounts of cannabis.
HB2061Creating a Small Business and Minority Populations Economic and Workforce Development TaskforceSupportThis bill creates a task force to help foster economic development and entrepreneurship in minorities in West Virginia. The ACLU supports efforts to help undo larger system barriers to persisting inequities.
HB2064Biometric Information Privacy ActSupportThis bill requires companies that use biometric security information to develop and inform consumers of a policy to protect this information. The ACLU believes it is important personal information is protected.
HB2066Providing school days for registering eligible students to vote and to provide transportation to voting placesSupportThis bill helps eligible students vote by providing days to vote and transportation. The ACLU supports efforts to increase access to voting.
HB2067Relating to designation of social workers in the Department of Health and Human ServicesSupportThis bill provides social workers to work at schools to help identify at-risk students and connect them with appropriate interventions. Implemented properly this could significantly reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.
HB2079Providing equitable distribution to county boards of education of reimbursement costs of special needs studentsSupportThis bill changes the school funding formula to provide more funding to counties with more special needs students. This helps to ensure that counties have funds to provide appropriate and necessary services and accommodations for all students.
HB2086Relating to requiring a parolee or probationer found to have suffered with addiction to participate in a support service.OpposeThis bill requires people on community supervision to participate in a substance abuse support service if they have a history of addiction. Broadly, the ACLU supports the use of more supports instead of penalties. However, blanket rules like this may not be appropriate for all people and create more conditions for people on supervision, increasing the chance of technical violations- a major driver of mass incarceration.
HB2087Relating to requiring the Office of Health Facility Licensure and Certification to inspect office-based medication-assisted treatment programs at least every 24 months.NeutralThis bills requires regular inspections of medication assisted treatment programs. Oversight and regulation of this treatment is appropriate, however the ACLU will monitor to ensure this legislation is not used to undermine this tool.
HB2088Relating to requiring a court to verify certain conditions are met before a child who has been removed from a home may be returned to that home.NeutralThis bill requires a court to confirm that parents are complying with substance abuse treatment programs prior to reunification. This is likely already standard practice, but the ACLU has significant concerns about breaking up families or adding new barriers to reunification so the ACLU will monitor this legislation.
HB2091Creating a process by which voters may recall a county ordinance in a special electionOppose. This bill requires counties to hold special elections on duly passed legislation if 15% of the population signs a petition. While the ACLU supports democracy, this is mechanism that may chill popular legislation for fear of costs of challenges.
HB2099Redistricting of the Senate into 16 two-member senatorial districts and redistricting the House into 96 single member districtsNeutralThis bill would reduce the number of legislators in the WV House and Senate. The ACLU does not take a position on this but will monitor any legislation that could impact representation.
HB2107West Virginia Native American Tribes Unique Recognition, Authentication and Listing ActNeutralThis bill establishes a system of recognizing Indigenous People in West Virginia and defines the effects of formal recognition. There are has been considerable debate around creating unnecessary barriers to recognition and allowing people to appropriate indigenous culture. The ACLU does not feel it is appropriate to make this determination but will monitor this legislation for fairness in both directions.
HB2108Taxation With Representation ActOpposeThis bill allows people who live outside municipalities to vote in municipal elections if they pay a user fee. This allows non-residents to influence policy. It also has a significant chance of diluting minority votes.
HB2112Prohibiting provisions within settlement agreements that prevent the disclosure of factual information related to a claim filed in a civil actionSupportThis bill prohibits non-disclosure provisions in settlements for certain sexual misconduct. These provisions often help to allow repeated incidents. Prohibiting this can help to prevent more sexual misconduct.
HB2114Prohibiting civil rights violations based on disability, gender identity or sexual orientationSupportThis bill adds hate crime protections to people with disabilities and to LGBTQIA individuals. Notably the bill specifically requires consideration of alternative sentencing.
HB2116Verifying legal employment status of contractors and vendor's employees for certain road and bridge contractsOpposeThis bill requires certain contractors to verify the employment status of all employees. The federal program used has been problematic and has resulted in discriminatory false alarms.
HB2118Providing school days to register and transport eligible students to voteSupportThis bill helps eligible students vote by providing days to vote and transportation. The ACLU supports efforts to increase access to voting.
HB2119Relating to electioneering or distributing literature at early voting locationsSupportThis bill makes the rules for electioneering during early voting the same as during Election Day. The ACLU supports this as a freedom of speech issue.
HB2120Ensuring health insurance coverage for residents with preexisting conditionsSupportThis bill requires insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions. This is an important equity provision for people with disabilities.
HB2121Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan Fair Pay Act of 2020SupportThis bill makes it illegal for employers to prohibit discussion of salaries. This is a freedom of speech issue. It also has been demonstrated to reduce pay disparities.
HB2122Implementing The Agreement Among the States to Elect the President and Vice President by National Popular VoteSupportThis bill would be an agreement among states to base electors in the Presidential election based on the outcome of the national popular vote. This movement is supported by the ACLU as being more democratic.
HB2128Family Protection ActSupportThis bill prohibits employment discrimination on the basis of family responsibilities. This is an important non-discrimination requirement that ensure more equity for women in the workplace.
HB2133Repealing the Workplace Freedom Act of 2016 and restoring the prior provisions of the Labor-Management Relations ActSupportThis bill would repeal the Workplace Freedom Act, and would enable and empower collective bargaining. The ACLU supports the right to collectively bargain and the rights of unions.
HB2135Providing that political party caucus meetings are not exempt from open proceedings requirementsNeutralThis bill requires that political caucus meetings must be open to the public. Caucuses are not governmental decision-making bodies, however, a significant amount of de facto decision making occurs in closed caucuses. The ACLU will monitor this legislation as it progresses.
HB2138Defend the Guard ActSupportThis bill prevents the West Virginia National Guard from being deployed to a foreign conflict without a Congressional declaration of war. The ACLU believes only Congress has the power to wage war, and therefore supports this legislation.
HB2147Providing that the Division of Motor Vehicles identification cards be issued at no costSupportThis bill requires the DMV to provide identification cards at no cost. State-issued ID's are required for many things, and fees can be a barrier to access.
HB2157Forbidding displays relating to sexuality in public school facilities and forbidding the teaching of sexuality in public schoolsOpposeThis bill prohibits displays or the teaching of "sexuality". Age-appropriate, inclusive sexual education is important.
HB2160Issuing identification documents to homeless individuals residing at homeless sheltersSupportThis bill provides identification cards to people in homeless shelters. State-issued ID's are required for many things, and fees can be a barrier to access.
HB2169Life at Conception Act of 2021OpposeThis bill would redefine personhood beginning with conception. In addition to creating a legal fiction to challenge reproductive rights, this creates a number of other practical problems.
HB2171Vulnerable Child Protection ActOpposeThis bill prevents physicians working with youth and their families to engage in evidence-based medical treatments to provide gender affirming care. This is an invasion of privacy and discriminatory. Furthermore access to the treatments prohibited under this bill have been demonstrated to provide better mental and physical health outcomes.
HB2174West Virginia Monument and Memorial Protection Act of 2021OpposeThis bill significantly increases barriers to removing or renaming historical monuments. While content neutral, it is a response to attempts to remove monuments to the Confederacy and slavery.
HB2177Permitting the issuance of a state issued identification card without a photo on the card under certain conditionsSupportThis bill allows people to get a state issued ID card without a photo when they have a religious belief against having their picture taken. The ACLU supports this inclusion of religious freedom.
HB2181Allowing a personal income tax deduction for a stillborn childNeutralSimilar to HB 2181, this bill provides a tax incentive for stillbirth. However, this bill does not have the same problematic language. The ACLU will monitor this bill for changes that would make it problematic.
HB2184Increasing the penalties for exposure of governmental representatives to fentanyl or any other harmful drugOpposeThis bill increases criminal penalties if police, firefighters, EMTs, or other first responders are exposed to drugs. The ACLU opposes increasing criminal penalties.
HB2194Establishing the Minority Health Advisory TeamSupportThis bill creates a board to study and make recommendations of disparate impacts in the health of minority and marginalized communities. The ACLU supports efforts to proactively root out systemic inequalities.
HB2201Repealing the section of code relating to unlawful military organizationsOpposeThis bill would allow independent militials to operate within West Virginia. Militias are banned under federal law and the West Virginia Constitution.
HB2202Creating the West Virginia Intrastate Commerce Improvement ActSupportThis bill would invalidate any municipal nondiscrimination ordinances and prohibit further municipal nondiscrimination ordinances. The ACLU opposes removing protections against discrimination.
HB2215Allowing a group of affiliated voters to become a recognized political party under certain criteriaSupportThis bill makes it easier for groups to be recognized as a political party in West Virginia. The ACLU supports efforts to ensure people have a right to associate and expansions of democracy.
HB2230The Healthy and Safe Workplace ActNeutralThis bill creates a cause of action for workplace harassment and bullying. There is a need to provide protections for women, minorities, and others who may face harassment. At the same time, there are free speech questions. The ACLU will monitor the progress of this bill.
HB2231Prohibiting confidential settlement terms of a contested case involving sexual harassment, sexual abuse, or sexual assault in a state administrative proceedingSupportThis bill prohibits non-disclosure provisions in settlements for certain sexual misconduct. These provisions often help to allow repeated incidents. Prohibiting this can help to prevent more sexual misconduct.
HB2232Providing a process by which a city may hold an election to recall an ordinanceOpposeThis bill requires municipalities to hold special elections on duly passed legislation if 15% of the population signs a petition. While the ACLU supports democracy, this is mechanism that may chill popular legislation for fear of costs of challenges.
HB2239Restricting the performance of abortions and acquiring, providing, receiving, otherwise transferring, or using fetal body partsOpposeThe ACLU supports the full range of reproductive rights and opposes efforts to limit access to reproductive healthcare. This bill significantly limits access to abortion through a ban once a so-called "fetal heartbeat" is detected, limits what medical emergencies would qualify for an abortion, and spreads dangerous myths about abortions.
HB2248Prohibiting payroll deductions to electioneering organizationsOpposeThis bill prohibits any government entity from making deductions that go to organizations that engage in electioneering. This is designed to make it more difficult for public sector unions to collect fees and dues. The ACLU supports the rights of organized labor, including in the public sector and opposes this bill.
HB2257Relating to extended supervision for certain drug offendersOpposeThis bill would require a period of supervised release in addition to existing penalties for certain drug offenders. This amounts to additional sentencing and will adversely impact justice-involved people.
HB2258Establishing an intravenous drug user treatment and commitment processOpposeThis bill would allow for the involuntary commitment of suspected intravenous drug users. This denies these individuals due process protections. It is also shown that involuntary treatment for substance use disorders is rarely successful.
HB2273Dividing pretrial detention jail costs between arresting authoritiesOpposeThis bill shifts and divides the cost burdens from over-incarceration. Rather than addressing the issue of mass-incarceration, this bill seeks to find ways to maintain the status quo.
HB2277Establishing an intravenous drug user treatment and commitment processOpposeThis bill would allow for the involuntary commitment of suspected intravenous drug users. This denies these individuals due process protections. It is also shown that involuntary treatment for substance use disorders is rarely successful.
HB2280Involuntary drug and alcohol treatmentOpposeThis bill would allow for the involuntary commitment for people with various forms of substance abuse. This denies these individuals due process protections. It is also shown that involuntary treatment for substance use disorders is rarely successful.
HB2285Relating to Capitol Complex Security AccessOpposeThis bill allows people to purchase a pass to bypass security at the West Virginia Capitol. This creates unequal access to legislators and the legislative process. The ACLU opposes this.
HB2291Relating to legalizing cannabis production, sales and adult consumptionSupportThis bill would provide for the legalization and regulation of cannabis in West Virginia. The ACLU supports the end of drug prohibition laws.
HB2310Relating to death penalty for first degree murderOpposeThis bill institutes the death penalty for first degree murder. The ACLU opposes the death penalty.
HB2320Relating to mandatory drug testing of all classes of employees in K through 12 schoolsOpposeThis bill would require drug testing of all school employees. The ACLU opposes suspicionless drug testing.
HB2328Relating to criminal trespassOpposeThis bill increases the fines for illegal trespass and removes an exemption for labor disputes. While the bill does add language that seeks to exempt protected speech, it will have a chilling effect of protected speech activities.
HB2335Increasing the minimum criminal penalty for a driver who, in an impaired state, causes the death of a minorOpposeThis bill would add a sentence enhancement for an arbitrary circumstance. This is a retributive measure that will not reduce crime, but will increase mass incarceration.
HB2362Implementing trauma-informed practices in schoolsSupportThis bill puts into place a number of practices in schools to provide a trauma-informed environment for students. This includes more support services and less reliance on harsh discipline. This will reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.
HB2364Permit teachers in K-12 schools be authorized to carry concealed firearms as a designated school protection officerOpposeThis bill will likely do little to promote school safety. However, force is often disproportionately applied to people of color and people with disabilities and it is likely this would result in the potential for school employees to use lethal force against a student.
HB2365Relating to accessories to a crimeOpposeThis bill removes exceptions for accessory after the fact for certain familial relations. The ACLU opposes on the grounds of creating more criminal liability.
HB2376Allow concealed carry on and in capitol groundsOpposeThis bill would allow firearms on Capitol Grounds. This property is often used for public demonstrations, and allowing firearms can having a chilling effect on free speech.
HB2379Make criminal invasion of privacy a felonyOpposeThis bill would increase penalties for criminal invasion of privacy. The ACLU opposes increasing sentences.
HB2488Relating to an occupational limited licenseSupportThis bill allows individuals who have lost driving privileges to petition for a limited driver's license for transportation to and from a job.
HB2489The Genealogical Record Integrity Act of 2020OpposeThis bill codifies giving a child the genetic father's last name in most instances. This is an unnecessary codification of the patriarchy and is not accomodating for many instances including non-binary individuals.
HB2492Increasing the penalty for DUI causing death when a child is presentOpposeThis bill would add a sentence enhancement for an arbitrary circumstance. This is a retributive measure that will not reduce crime, but will increase mass incarceration.
HB2501Suspend School Aid Funding Formula implementation until budget year 2024OpposeThis bill would freeze school aid at the 2020-21 level. The West Virginia Constitution requires schools to be adequately funded, and the ACLU will oppose any legislation which could jeopardize that requirement.
HB2504Create a work/incarceration prison pilot programNeutralThis bill would create a pilot program to allow counties to establish a correctional institution where inmates can work and reduce their sentences by 20%. The ACLU supports efforts to facilitate reentry and reduce incarceration. However, we will monitor this legislation to ensure it does not amount to forced labor or indentured servitude.
HB2509Make appointment process for Congressional seats the same as that for the US SenateSupportThis bill creates a uniform process for appointments to the US House of Representatives and to the US Congress. The ACLU supports a more uniform and transparent process.
HB2517Removing marijuana as a tested substance from the screening requirementsSupportThis bill would remove cannabis as a substance to test for under the WV Alcohol and Drug Free Workplace Act. The ACLU opposes suspicionless drug testing and drug prohibition and supports steps that move away from this.
HB2520Requiring the Human Rights Commission, when investigating a complaint of discrimination, to specifically include an examination of the intent of the personOpposeThis bill would add an intent requirement to discriminatory acts under the Human Rights Act. This would making it harder to prove discrimination, frustrating the purpose of the Human RIghts Act.
HB2524Modifying the definition of child abuse or neglect to exclude accidental injurySupportThis bill limits the definition of "neglect" for which a parent or guardian can be held criminally liable. While the ACLU does support reasonable steps to ensure the safety and welfare of children, this bill appears to protect against overzealous prosecution of parents which can compound trauma and even lead to family separation.
HB2534Authorizing possession and smoking of medical cannabis by approved personsSupportThis bill would allow certain people to consume smokable medical cannabis. The ACLU opposes the scheme of drug prohibition and supports steps to move away from prohibition.
HB2538Adding "sexual orientation" and "gender identity" to the categories covered by the Human Rights ActSupportThis bill would expand nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to LGBT people. The ACLU supports this long-overdue protection.
HB2542Relating to wages of persons with disabilitiesSupportThis bill promotes the employment and fair wages for West Virginians with disabilities. The ACLU supports this effort to promote autonomy and dignity for people with disabilities.
HB2543Relating to calculation of the school aid formula based on net enrollmentSupportThis bill changes the school aid formula to provide funding based on the maximum enrollment. This would increase funding for schools and help schools meet the constitutional requirements for providing an educational system.
HB2545West Virginia Religious Freedom Restoration ActOpposeThis bill allows businesses and individuals to claim a religious objection to otherwise legal requirements. In practice these bills allow discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. The ACLU opposes this misinterpretation of religious freedom.
HB2546Relating to education to children and adults housed in correctional facilities and regional jailsSupportThis bill modifies the requirements to provide education for people in the correctional system. It removes a stipulation that the requirements were contingent on funds being available. By removing this stipulation, the requirement stands regardless. The ACLU supports steps that promote rehabilitation and reentry.
HB2549Creating the Independent Redistricting Commission of the Joint Committee on Government and FinanceSupportThis bill would create an independent redistricting commission as part of the redistricting process. The ACLU supports independent redistricting and removing political influence from the drawing of political districts.
HB2550Relating to the cultivation of medical cannabisSupportThis bill would allow for medical cannabis to be dispensed as a dry leaf or plant and allow people with a medical cannabis prescription to grow plants at home. The ACLU supports moving away from the prohibition of cannabis.
HB2552Removing the one-time limit on the expungement of certain criminal convictionsSupportThis bill would be to allow people to avail themselves of the expungement process more than once. The ACLU supports efforts that ease reentry.
HB2553Relating to the juvenile justice reform oversight committeeSupportThis bill would all the Juvenile Justice Reform Oversight Committee to allocate cost savings from juvenile justice reforms into an account to finance additional reforms.
HB2557Increasing access to contraceptive drugs, devices, and proceduresSupportThis bill provides easier access to contraceptives and voluntary sterilization procedures through allowing access to a 12-month supply, encouraging insurance coverage, and removing other barriers. The ACLU supports access to reproductive healthcare.
HB2558Creating a domestic violence registryOpposeThis bill creates a registry for domestic violence. The ACLU opposes the use of registries.
HB2559Prohibiting the private ownership or operation of a prisonSupportThis bill prohibits private prisons in West Virginia. The ACLU opposes private prisons and supports this prohibition.
HB2560Requiring the Public Employees Agency and other health insurance providers to provide mental health paritySupportThis bill requires the PEIA insurance program to cover mental health services. The ACLU supports efforts to increase access to healthcare.
HB2563Requiring certain municipalities to pay for the incarceration of inmatesOpposeThis bill shifts and divides the cost burdens from over-incarceration. Rather than addressing the issue of mass-incarceration, this bill seeks to find ways to maintain the status quo.
HB2567Relating to the financial responsibility of inmates in relation to civil awardsOpposeThis bill expands the obligations that the Division of Corrections can pay on behalf of an inmate from monies taken from the inmate.
HB2577Create the Statewide Online Education ActOpposeThis bill allows students to earn course credit through any "publicly funded" course offered online. This can include courses offered by charter schools. Courses can be paid for from funds for the student's local public school. This raises concerns that this scheme could lead to inadequate public education funding. For this reason, the ACLU opposes this legislation.
HB2578Create the Multi-Door Courthouse AcOpposeThis bill allows expanded use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). ADR can be a useful tool to find alternative means to settle dispute. However, this bill creates power disparities that could coerce parties into ADR. It does not set standards for arbitrators or mediators and it promotes confidentiality that can keep information of public importance from public records.
HB2580Mandating judgment by a mayor, any individual exercising the mayor's functions, the police court judge, or municipal judge be obligated to the Model Rules of Judicial ConductSupportThis bills requires anyone who is acting as a judge to impose criminal or civil sanctions to act in accordance with judicial ethics. This is an important safeguard against arbitrary abuses of power.
HB2585Relating generally to forfeiture of contrabandSupportThis bill would end the process of civil asset forfeiture and replace it with a process of criminal forfeiture where property could only be forfeited after a criminal conviction. The ACLU opposes the practice of civil asset forfeiture and supports this reform.
HB2587Relating to drug testing of legislatorsOpposeThis bill would require legislators to undergo drug testing. The ACLU opposes suspicionless drug testing.
HB2594Creating the Unborn Infants Wrongful Death ActOpposeThis bill redefines a fetus as a person and allows for a cause of action for harm to the fetus. These laws are largely used to perpetuate a legal myth of fetal personhood. They can create situations that infringe on the right of pregnant people and even put them in legal peril.
HB2595Prohibit "divisive concepts" from schools, state agencies and any groups receiving state fundingOpposeThis bill purports to ban racial stereotyping. However, the language of the bill also prohibits important and necessary discussions in workplaces and in curriculum regarding the racial history of the United States, implicit bias, and privilege.
HB2602Require special elections to be held same day as primary or general electionSupportThis bill requires all special elections to be held at the same time as primary or general elections. This would likely increase democratic participation, which the ACLU supports.
HB2607Require all registered voters to produce a photo ID to vote in all public office electionsOpposeThis bill would require voters to present a photo ID to vote. Photo ID requirements do not improve the integrity of elections and can lead to the disenfranchisement of voters, particularly from economically disadvantaged communities.
HB2609Establish quick response teams to work with drug users who are arrestedOpposeThis bill would create quick response teams to respond to, and follow-up with narcotic-related medical emergencies. The ACLU supports moving away from a law-enforcement-based response to substance abuse, and to expanding options for substance abuse disorder treatment, so long as those programs are not compulsory. The ACLU cannot support this legislation because the legislation still requires arrest and incarceration.
HB2611Establishing the Minority Health Advisory TeamSupportThis bill creates a board to study and make recommendations of disparate impacts in the health of minority and marginalized communities. The ACLU supports efforts to proactively root out systemic inequalities.
HB2617An Act to Establish a Cap on Government Red TapeOpposeThis bill presents a variety of changes to the creation and implementation of regulatory rules. The practical effect would be to frustrate all administrative rulemaking. In general the ACLU supports more decisions by elected representatives. However, this legislation goes too far in limiting the role of administrative agencies and would hurt good governance.
HB2625Permitting election day registration of votersSupportThis bill allows voters to register and vote on election day. The ACLU supports same-day registration as an important and common sense reform to make our democracy more accessible.
HB2655Expanding felony hate crime protections to individuals on the basis of perceived or actual sexual orientationAmendments NeededThis bill expands hate crime protections to people with disabilities and to LGBTQIA individuals. The ACLU supports enhancing protections for these communities. However, the ACLU is opposed to new crimes without steps to move away from incarceration.
HB2693Eliminating the Human Rights CommissionOpposeThis bill would eliminate the WV Human Rights Commission and send all further human rights complaints to the EEOC or to local courts. The Human Rights Commission has special training and knowledge of civil rights violations and can offer remedies that are rarely used by courts. The ACLU opposes eliminating this body dedicated to protecting civil rights.
HB2697Relating to unlawful discriminatory practices in categories covered by the Human Rights Act and the Fair Housing ActSupportThis bill would add protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The ACLU supports these much-needed protections.
HB2698Making it illegal to discriminate based on hair texture or hair styleSupportThis bill clarifies that employment decisions based on hair-styles or textures associated with race constitute racial discrimination.
HB2716West Virginia Public Participation Protection ActSupportThis bill is aimed at providing recourse for lawsuits that are designed to frustrate or intimidate parties speaking out on matters of public importance. This type of litigation, known as strategic litigation against public participation allows parties with money to weaponize the legal system to limit first amendment activity. The ACLU supports this step to protect free speech.
HB2752Prohibiting discrimination in access to organ transplants based on physical or mental disabilitySupportThis bill ensures that people have access to organ transplants regardless of mental or physical disabilities. The ACLU opposes rationing medical care based on disability status and therefore supports this legislation.
HB2762Exempt from this article any actions arising from the practice of elective abortion or elective abortion relates servicesOpposeThis bill would prohibit medical liability for abortion care. Without liability coverage, providers cannot operate. This is another barrier to abortion which the ACLU opposes.
HB2778Create the Education Tax CreditOpposeEducation tax credits are a program that allows public money to be used for private and religious education. The ACLU opposes such schemes.
HB2839Establish Recovery Can't Wait ProgramSupportThis bill would facilitate distribution of naloxone, establish certain medication-assisted treatment recovery centers, and provide for mental health counselors in schools. The ACLU supports community-based alternatives to helping people who wish to recover from substance abuse disorder outside of the criminal legal system.
HB2841Campaign Finance ReformNeutralThis bill would require the disclosure of contributors to PACs, candidates and candidate campaigns. It would also limit self-loans. The ACLU does have concerns about the right to anonymous political activity and will monitor this legislation to ensure that disclosure laws and rules regarding expenditures do not conflict with the right to political speech.
HB2843Require medical malpractice insurers to establish a separate insurance pool for doctors who conduct abortionsOpposeThis bill would require medical malpractice providers to create a separate pool for abortion providers. This is designed to make it more difficult for providers to get necessary insurance coverage. The ACLU opposes legislation designed to limit access to abortion.
HB2845Stop Social Media Censorship ActOpposeThis bill would allow a social media site to be civilly liable if the moderate or censor certain content. While the ACLU recognizes the importance of social media, there are several problems with this legislation. Social media platforms are private and generally permitted to moderate the content. This is also preempted by federal law.
HB2849Repeal Right-to-Work legislationSupportThis bill would repeal the "Right to Work" law which gives people the protections of unions, but does not require them to pay any fees or dues. The ACLU supports the rights of collective bargaining and opposes West Virginia's Right to Work legislation.
HB2850Establish a Corporate Crime division in the State PoliceOpposeThis bill would create a special division within the WV State Police to investigate corporate crime. While there are disparities in the enforcement of laws against corporate actors versus poor and marginalized communities, the ACLU is opposed to further expanding the police state. Additional, experience has shown that this agency will still wind up likely targeting poor and minority communities.
HB2864Remove felonies from reason to disqualify from votingSupportThis bill would expand voting to people who have left incarceration even if they are still on parole or probation. The ACLU supports expanding voting rights.
HB2865Create a Police Officer's Bill of RightsOpposeThis bill would modify existing procedures and protections for investigations of police misconduct including excessive use of force. This bill would create even less civilian oversight add more protections, and provide for less transparency than current procedures. The ACLU supports holding police accountable for misconduct through public and transparent process.
HB2872Relating to statute of limitations for discriminationSupportThis bill expands the time that someone can file a discrimination claim and expands the employers who are bound by anti discrimination laws. The ACLU supports greater protections against discrimination.
HB2883To ensure that the WV Judiciary remains neutral and detached in matters related to allocation of custodial responsibility and decision-making responsibility of childrenSupportThis bill prohibits courts from conducting written investigations during certain family law matters. As a matter of general practice courts do not conduct investigations, and expanding this general rule helps to protect due process.
HB2899Relating to anti-discrimination protections for independent contractorsSupportThis bill would expand non-discrimination protection to independent contractors. The ACLU supports ensuring that people cannot be discriminated against regardless of their employment status.
HB2904Relating to unlawfully using electronic communication devices while drivingOpposeThis bill creates additional criminal penalties for using an electronic device while driving and for any resulting injury or death. There are already crimes provisions in the criminal code that cover these situations and the ACLU opposes the creation of new crimes.
HB2912Relating to cannabis and cannabis product sales, growth, and consumption in this stateSupportThis bill would legalize and regulate cannabis. The ACLU support the legalization of cannabis.
HB2919Protect privacy of those who store firearms in WVSupportThis bill prevents disclosure of storage of a firearm to law enforcement absent a judicial order in an active criminal investigation. The ACLU supports keeping information private.
HB2921Permitting anyone over 65 to vote absenteeSupportThis bill clarifies that anyone over 65 has is eligible for absentee voting. The ACLU supports expanding access to voting.
HB2923Relating to Social Media privacy and educational institutionsSupportThis bill prevents an educational institution from compelling students to turn over access to social media accounts. The ACLU supports these privacy measures.
HB2925Relating to data disposal protectionSupportThis bill requires businesses to safely dispose of customer data when it is no longer being used. The ACLU supports legislation that helps to protect privacy and private information.
HB2926Relating to the Disconnection of Residential Utility during a State of EmergencySupportThis bill prevents public utilities from shutting off service during or immediately after an emergency. This provides important safeguards that people can access basic services during a time when alternatives may not be safe or accessible due to government actions.
HB2928The purpose of this bill is to permit registered voters to vote an absentee ballot by mail in all circumstancesSupportThis bill would allow all people to request an absentee ballot without an excuse. The ACLU supports legislation that would expand access to the ballot.
HB2954Abortion permitted only in certain instancesOpposeThis bill would dramatically limit access to abortions by restricting where they can occur, and would add criminal penalties for women lying about the circumstances of their abortions. The ACLU opposes restrictions on abortion.
HB2961Provide protections for employees in legal employment disputes by providing that no employee can be required as a condition of employment to agree to mandatory arbitrationSupportThis bill prohibits employers from requiring arbitration in employment disputes as a condition of employment. Mandatory arbitration can deny the public important information and deny people the right to a jury trial.
HB2967Permitting certain felons to work in licensed behavioral health facilitiesSupportThis bill would let certain non-violent felons work in behavioral health facilities. The ACLU supports removing barriers to reentry after a criminal sentence.
HB2976Allow women to work on inmate road crewsSupportThe ACLU opposes any sex-based discrimination. However the ACLU has concerns about prison labor.
HB2977Allow guns to be carried on capitol groundsOpposeThis bill would allow firearms on Capitol Grounds. This public space is often used for public demonstrations, and allowing firearms can having a chilling effect on free speech.
HB2989Requiring local entities to enforce immigration lawsOpposeThis bill prohibits local governments from creating rules to limit local law enforcement from enforcing or cooperating with federal immigration enforcement. This limits local control and promotes a cruel discriminatory immigration system.
HB3003Relating to the definition of employer for sexual harassment purposesSupportThis bill would expand the statute of limitations for discriminatory practices and would expand protections to independent contractors. The ACLU supports measures to address discrimination.
HB3005Relating to law enforcement warrant for third party informationSupportThis bill would require law enforcement to get a warrant before getting information from certain telecommunication or computer services about customers or clients. The ACLU supports requiring warrants before the disclosure of such information.
HB3006Creating a homeless education coordinator for county schoolsSupportThis bill creates a homeless education coordinator to work with youth and families who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. This can help to ensure that these youth receive appropriate education, and services. Doing so can also reduce the likelihood of juvenile justice involvement.
HB3018Providing for expungement of domestic violence pretrial diversionsSupportThis bill would allow people to expunge their record from domestic violence charges if they complete a pretrial diversion program. The ACLU supports measures that help people avoid collateral consequences of charges.
HB3019Creating the Campus Free Expression ActSupportThis bill reasserts certain First Amendment protections on college campuses.
HB3023Places of worship may not be shut down by state of emergencyOpposeThe ACLU strongly supports religious freedom. We have expressed concerns about overly broad emergency executive powers. However, this bill would prohibit the governor from ever shutting down a place of worship even when it is appropriate given the circumstances of an emergency. As such, this prohibition is too broad.
HB3024Prohibit abortions based on down syndromeOpposeThis bill would prohibit abortions on the basis of Down Syndrome. Currently people do not have to give a reason for an abortion, and it is not the government's place to try to determine why people elect to have medical procedures.
HB3027End qualified immunitySupportThis bill would end qualified immunity which protects the government from civil lawsuits. Qualified immunity often prevents people from seeking redress for civil liberties violations, and the ACLU supports ending qualified immunity.
HB3028Right to travel billNeutralThis bill would prohibit emergency orders from restricting any West Virginia resident from entering the state during a declared emergency. Broadly, this is a good concept, but a blanket rule like this may be inappropriate in unforeseen emergency circumstances. The ACLU takes no position on this bill at this time, but will continue to monitor and study it.
HB3031Authorizing civil damages for any person who was subject to an intentionally false report made to law enforcementSupportThis bill allows people to sue if someone calls the police to harass them or based on discriminatory reasons. This bill protects against the practice of "swatting" as well as to find remedies for people who use the police to engage in racial harassment. It does not add criminal penalties.
HB3032Prohibiting discrimination based on an individual's mental or physical disability in access to organ transplantationSupportThis bill prohibits using mental or physical disability to deny or reduce the priority for people to receive organ transplants. The ACLU opposes this type of discriminatory medical rationing and supports this legislation.
HB3039Exempting certain hygiene products from sales taxSupportThis bill exempts feminine hygiene products from sales tax. This is a gender-based tax. Many products aimed towards men are exempted from sales tax. The ACLU supports levelling the playing field.
HB3043Relating to transport of persons accused of being mentally ill to mental health relating hearingsNeutralThis bill transfers the responsibility to transfer jail inmates facing a mental capacity hearing from the Sheriff to the Department of Corrections. The ACLU will monitor this legislation to ensure it does not create the risk of further infringements on the rights of the mentally ill and accused.
HB3079Relating to exempting recovery residences from certain standardsSupportThis bill exempts certain recovery residences from the building, fire safety, sanitation and occupancy codes of the certifying agency if there established municipal rules. This reduces barriers to operating these homes.
HB3080Relating to making the Bureau of Behavioral Health the certifying agency for recovery residencesNeutralThis bill moves the authority to certify recovery residences from a private organization to the Bureau of Behavioral Health. Recovery residences are not treatment facilities. Attempts to regulate them often serve to prevent people with disabilities from living in communities which the ACLU opposes. We will monitor any legislation which offers regulation to ensure this is not the case.
HB3090Ban-the-Box ActSupportThis bill would prohibit public employers from asking about criminal history in employment applications. Too often these questions mean a person gets no further consideration for a position, and helps to perpetuate consequences far beyond the original sentence. Prohibiting these questions can ensure people get a fair shot and are able to reenter life after a conviction.
HB3091Requiring Compliance with Generally Accepted Standards of CareSupportThis bill would require health insurance plans to provide coverage for mental health and addiction services. The ACLU recognizes that disparities in coverage for mental health is a disability rights issue and lack of coverage can drive people into the legal system.
HB3092Creating Emergency Healthy Families and Workplaces ActSupportThis bill creates additional paid sick leave for employees during public health emergencies. This can be a life and death issue for people who have chronic health conditions. The ACLU supports this protection.
HB3095To create the "Protection of Property from Warrantless Searches Act"SupportThis bill would strengthen the warrant requirement for government agents, require the use of body cameras when entering private property, and puts restrictions on property seizure.
HB3098Prohibit at-will employment and mandate that employees may only be dismissed for cause after completing a probationary periodSupportThis proposed legislation would end "at will" employment, and would require a reason for any termination or dismissal. Among other things, this is a protection against workplace discrimination.
HB3108Establish the WV Constitution and the WV Code as the primary law in WVOpposeThis bill would attempt to invalidate the US Constitution and any international treaties, which is unconstitutional itself.
HB3111Supporting Students Who Are Parents ActSupportThis bill would require the Department of Education to develop a policy to accommodate students who are also parents. The ACLU supports measures to provide equity for parents and families.
HB3112Requiring Trauma-informed Employee training for employees of Division of Corrections and RehabilitationSupportThis bill requires the Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation to provide training to recognize trauma and suicidal tendencies. Trauma-informed practices can help ensure inmate safety.
HB3113Removing certain drugs from schedule 1SupportThis bill would remove cannabis and derivatives and psilocybin from schedule 1 of the controlled substances schedule. The ACLU supports the decriminalization of drugs.
HB3120Providing for continuity of medical care for newly-incarcerated peopleSupportThis bill requires medical interviews and efforts to provide appropriate ongoing medical care for new inmates. Bills like this can help to protect the health of people who are incarcerated.
HB3121Providing for collection of data regarding police encounters that are not traffic stopsSupportThis bill would require police to record data for traffic and other stops. This bill could provide insight into police practices and help to reduce racial profiling.
HB3124Permit collective bargaining for public employeesSupportThis bill would allow public employees to collectively bargain. The ACLU supports the right to organize and collectively bargain.
HB3136Repeal code relating to wagering or betting on electionsOpposeThis bill would repeal a provision that prohibits gambling on election results. Permitting gambling risks the integrity of elections.
HB3138To update the requirements of the state director of health to quarantine and enforce regulations in a specific placeSupportThis bill requires that public health quarantines must list a specific place. It also removes the ability to arrest or incarcerate people for quarantine violations. The ACLU supports providing more specific and narrow limitations by the government and limiting the use of arrest.
HB3141Designating February 3 as "Freedom Day," to memorialize the February 3, 1865 Act by the Legislature that abolished slavery in West VirginiaSupportThis bill would require the Governor to recognize the day that the WV Legislature abolished slavery.
HB3143Prohibit county clerk from charging or prohibiting person from taking pictures of public documentsSupportThis bill would allow people to photograph public documents without a fee. The ACLU supports removing barriers to public access and involvement.
HB3145Providing certain exemptions from recovery residence standards for group housing facilities of 50 beds or moreSupportThis bill exempts certain recovery residences from the building, fire safety, sanitation and occupancy codes of the certifying agency if there established municipal rules. This reduces barriers to operating these homes.
HB3153Eliminate the WV Fusion CenterSupportThis bill would eliminate the WV Fusion Center. The ACLU views Fusion Centers as a dangerous mix of law enforcement and intelligence that threatens privacy rights.
HB3160Creating online voters' guideSupportThis bill would require candidates for certain constitutional offices to provide some basic background information, and would put the information in a central online location. The ACLU supports legislation that helps encourage civic engagement and voting.
HB3163Second Look Sentencing ActSupportThis would allow people with certain long sentences to apply for modifications after a certain period of time. The ACLU supports legislation that can help alleviate lengthy sentences.
HB3166Prohibit Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from making inmates pay co-payment for medical or dental service by a doctor or nurseSupportThis bill would prohibit the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from making inmates pay for medical services. In incarcerating people the state takes the responsibility for their health and wellbeing including medical care.
HB3167Access to Rehabilitation ActSupportThis bill would prohibit inmates from being charged fees for reading material. The ACLU strongly opposes creating fees to access reading material.
HB3168Creating small business and minority populations economic and workforce development taskforceSupportThis bill creates a task force to address persistent disparities in employment and entrepreneurship in West Virginia. The ACLU strongly supports proactive steps to finally end the legacy of slavery and racism.
HB3174Require Correctional Facilities to provide free feminine hygiene productsSupportThis bill requires correctional facilities to provide menstrual products to inmate without charge. The ACLU supports the notion that people who are incarcerated should not be punished for bodily functions.
HB3176Requiring sharps containers in all state buildings and facilities where the public is allowedSupportThis bill requires a sharps deposit container in all state buildings. This can provide convenience to people who have medical conditions where they need to inject medication. It also provides a solution to concerns about syringe litter without removing services or creating new crimes.
HB3188"Making expungement of records for certain defendants found not guilty or
have had charges dismissed to occur without petitioning the court"SupportThis bill would automatically expunge the records of people found "not guilty" or where charges were dismissed. Prior records, even when there wasn't a conviction can make it harder for a person to get a job, housing, or education, so the ACLU supports this step.
HB3193Relating to obtaining an appropriate gender marker for state documentsSupportThis bill provides a process for people to get ID that appropriately identifies their gender and allow for a gender marker for non-binary people. The ACLU supports letting people get accurate identification.
HB3196Ensuring those citizens qualified for an expungement receive the expungement they are entitledSupportThis bill makes expungement automatic rather than by petition, and establishes a timeframe to expunge records. Expungement can be an important step in reducing collateral consequences of incarceration.
HB3204Relating to custodial interrogation of a childSupportThis bill puts into statute certain restrictions on interrogating a child, and excludes any evidence from such testimony if steps are not taken. The ACLU supports limits on interrogations.
HB3205Relating to medical marijuanaOpposeThis bill changes the medical cannabis act. It removes a provision that protects people using medical cannabis from discrimination and instead protects the employer from lawsuits.
HB3211State Police Review BoardSupportThis bill creates a review board for to review police across the state of WV. The ACLU supports creating more transparency and accountability in law enforcement.
HB3220Restrictions on Taxpayer funded lobbyingSupportThis bill requires political subdivisions and agencies that lobby to disclose expenditures on lobbying. While the ACLU does not support other legislation that seeks to silence these entities, this bill provides transparency which the ACLU supports.
HB3233Prohibit electronic ballotsOpposeWest Virginia allows a small subset of voters to vote by electronic ballot. This bill would eliminate this process of voting. The ACLU opposes removing ways to make the ballot more accessible.
HB3234Ban civil asset forfeiture unless person convictedSupportThis bill would end the practice of civil asset forfeiture, where law enforcement can use a legal action to take people's property, even if they are not charged or convicted of a crime. The ACLU supports ending civil asset forfeiture.
HB3237Establishing of the West Virginia Public Participation ActSupportThis bill is aimed at providing recourse for lawsuits that are designed to frustrate or intimidate parties speaking out on matters of public importance. This type of litigation, known as strategic litigation against public participation allows parties with money to weaponize the legal system to limit first amendment activity. The ACLU supports this step to protect free speech.
HB3245The Protection of All Property from Warrantless Searches ActSupportThis bill would strengthen the warrant requirement for government agents, require the use of body cameras when entering private property, and puts restrictions on property seizure.
HB3246Protecting Everyone's Constitutional Rights ActSupportThis bill clarifies that people have a cause of action in state court for a deprivation of constitutional rights under the color of the law. The ACLU supports being able to hold the government accountable when it deprives people of their rights.
HB3247Creating the Katherine Johnson and Dorothy Vaughan Fair Pay ActSupportThis bill prevents employers from prohibiting employees from discussing their wages. These types of prohibitions have been linked to disparities in pay by race and gender.
HB3257Faithless Elector lawAmendments NeededThis bill creates criminal penalties for "faithless electors" or electors in the electoral college who vote against the popular will. The ACLU opposes the electoral college and sees faithless electors as even less democratic, the ACLU also opposes the creation on new crimes.
HB3259Prohibit state funding for any organization that performs abortionsOpposeThis bill would prohibit any state funds to go to any organization that directly provides abortions or for any organization that provides financial coverage for abortions. The ACLU supports the right to abortion and opposes attempts to limit access.
HB3263Relating to creating the refugee information actOpposeThis bill would require DHHR to meet regularly to provide the Legislature with very specific information about refugees in the state. This bill invades the privacy of refugees.
HB3264Provide for crime of impersonating non-public persons on social mediaOpposeThis bill would create a new crime for impersonating a person on social media. The ACLU opposes the creation of new crimes, and there are already civil remedies for such behavior when it results in actual harm.
HB3265Require an ultrasound prior to abortionOpposeThis bill would require a pregnant person to undergo an ultrasound prior to an abortion. This is unnecessarily invasive, and creates burdens and costs that are barriers to abortion access.
HB3276Creating parity for mental health servicesSupportThis bill requires the state Medicaid program to equally fund access to mental, behavioral and recovery services as they do for other health services.The ACLU supports efforts to increase access to healthcare.
HB3280Relating to assault with bodily fluidsOpposeThis bill would create a new misdemeanor offense. The ACLU opposes the creation of new crimes.
HB4004Relating to limiting an abortion to fifteen weeks gestationOpposeThis law prohibits abortions after 15 weeks of gestation. This is well below viability and the line set forth by Roe v Wade and is therefore unconstitutional.
HB4005Relating to fetal body partsOpposeThis bill limits the disposal of certain medical waste. This is an attempt to limit the ability to practice medicine.
HB4006Relating to revising the criminal code generallyOpposeThis is a complete rewrite and reorganization of the criminal code. While some sentences are reduced, assessments indicate many more people would serve longer. The bill also contains changes, such as protections for monuments, about which the ACLU has concerns.
HB4032Modifying the criminal penalties imposed on a parent, guardian or custodian for child abuseOpposeThis bill increases penalties for abuse and neglect of children. Protection of children is important. However, these penalties apply only after harm has occurred, and increased penalties are unlikely to be any more of a deterrent than existing penalties, while perpetuating prison overcrowding.
HB4035Remove the persistent vegetative state from the living willOpposeThis bill removes provisions for a persistent vegetative state from a living will. Practically, it means that people can no longer request to end life-sustaining measure if they are in a persistent vegetative state. The ACLU supports the right of people to make their own decisions about their life and death, including in situations like that.
HB4042Increasing criminal penalties for certain crimes against houses of worshipOpposeThis bill enhances penalties for arson and property crimes against houses of worship. While it is important to protect these properties, the enhanced penalties are egregious and will only contribute to unnecessarily high incarceration.
HB4049Relating to abortions after detection of an unborn child's heartbeatOpposeThis bill would prohibit abortions as early as five weeks, before many people even know they are pregnant. The ACLU strongly supports the right to seek an abortion without government interference.
HB4052Relating to Off Duty LEO and LEOSA ExemptionsOpposeThis bill allows off-duty and retired officers to be able to carry firearms at the West Virginia capitol. The ACLU general opposes allowing firearms at the Capitol due to the chilling effect it can have on speech. These concerns continue to apply to this bill. Furthermore, the ACLU opposes giving law enforcement officers who are not on duty special privileges.
HB4053Relating to reasonable force in defense of self, real and personal propertyOpposeThis bill makes it easier for a person to use lethal force based on subjective fears without facing consequences. Repeatedly these laws have been disproportionately used to justify the murder of Black Americans. The ACLU opposes these laws.
HB4066Distracted Driving ActNeutralThis bill makes modifications to the distracted driver laws. Notably it slightly increase fines and allows points to be added to licenses. It also clarifies that people may be charged with negligent homicide if they cause a death while driving distracted. The ACLU generally opposes increasing criminal penalties, and will monitor this legislation to ensure changes are minor.
HB4071Mask and Quarantine Option For Parents and FacultyOpposeThis bill would prohibit schools from requiring masks, specifically related to the Covid-19. The ACLU believes public health decisions should follow the evidence-based guidance of scientists and public health experts. Additionally, failure to take appropriate precautions creates additional risks for students who have health problems and prevents them from availing themselves fully of the public education system.
HB4074Require schools provide eating disorder and self-harm training for teacher and studentsSupportThis bill would require teachers and students receive training on self-harm and eating disorders. Trainings such as this can help identify and intervene with at-risk students without the use of the disciplinary and legal system.
HB4085Relating to living anatomical giftSupportThis bill clarifies that if a living person chooses to give an organ as a gift, only that person can choose to do so. It also clarifies informed consent.
HB4090Increasing penalties for trespassingAmendments NeededThis bill increases the penalties for trespassing. It increases the fine and allows jail time. Trespassing laws are often used against people who are experiencing homelessness or who are perceived as homeless and is part of the criminalization of poverty. The ACLU opposes these provisions. However the bill does also explicitly allow community service to be substituted for a first-time violation. The ACLU supports utilizing community-based corrections.
HB4095To require a moment of silence at the beginning of school each day in the stateNeutralThis bill would require schools to provide a moment of silence at the beginning of each school day. The ACLU is opposed to time designated for prayer, but has no position with a silence for an unspecified purpose. The ACLU will monitor.
HB4099Increasing transparency in the apportionment process for congressional and legislative districtsSupportThis bill would require public hearings, including virtual public hearings prior to the redistricting process and after maps have been developed. This would increase transparency and public input.
HB4100Providing criminal penalties for the intentional defacement of public and private property due to graffitiOpposeThis bill creates a crime for graffiti. It has enhanced penalties for repeat offences and allows for felony convictions if the damage is valued high enough. It holds parents monetarily liable for the acts of minor children. The ACLU opposes the creation of new penalties, and this proposal is particularly problematic.
HB4107The ACLU opposes any sex-based discrimination. However the ACLU has concerns about prison labor.SupportThe ACLU opposes any sex-based discrimination. However the ACLU has concerns about prison labor.
HB4108Provide wardens with ability to use inmates to perform work in the upkeep local cemeteriesSupportThis bill allows work-release programs in local cemeteries. The ACLU supports expanding work-release options. For the reason we support this legislation. However we remain concerned about involuntary labor and opposed to using earned money to pay for incarceration.
HB4255Abortion permitted only in certain instancesOpposeThis bill would ban abortions as early as five weeks. This is before most people even know that they are present. It would also require abortions to take place in hospitals, placing an unnecessary burden on reproductive health providers.
HB4268Relating to two person consent for recordingSupportThis bill requires all parties to agree and consent to being recorded. Currently people can be recorded as long as one party consents. The ACLU supports this basic privacy protection.
HB4273Related to fines for trespassingOpposeThis bill significantly enhances the fines for trespassing, which is a charge often levied against people experiencing homelessness. The ACLU opposes this criminalization of poverty.
HB4283Relating to penalties for conspiracy to commit murderOpposeThis bill establishes determinate sentences for conspiracy homicide charges. The transition to determinate sentences increases the period people will be incarcerated. The ACLU opposes increasing sentences.
HJR5Allowing citizens to participate directly in the formation of legislative districtsSupportThis proposed constitutional amendment would alter the redistricting process. A Commission would be selected based on nominations from the Speaker of the House, the Senate President, and members of the Legislature. However, no legislator could sit on the Commission. The Commission would be tasked with creating new legislative districts. The ACLU supports proposals to remove partisan politics from redistricting. This scheme does achieve this goal, however does not create a process as independent as other proposals.
HJR9Supermajority Required for Passage of Tax Bill AmendmentOpposeThis proposed amendment would require 2/3 of the each chamber to approve any increase in taxes or fees. This sets an unnecessarily high burden on the government to fund necessary operations.
HJR16Term Limits for Senators and Delegates in the West Virginia LegislatureOpposeThis proposed amendment would set term limits for West Virginia legislators. Terms limits deprive voters of the ability to re-elect popular legislators, and it robs the legislature of much needed relationships and experience.
HJR20Allowing an elected state official to be a government employee or employee of a public school, college, or universitySupportThe proposed amendment would allow certain government employees who are not in decision-making roles to also hold elected office. Employees like highway workers, social workers, university professors, or DEPT workers are currently prohibited from holding elected office. This prohibition on dual employment was established before the modern administrative state and holds out people who may have expertise from the legislature.
HJR25Lower the age to run for a State Senator to 21SupportThis proposed amendment would allow individuals to become state senators at 21 years of age. The ACLU supports expanding who can serve in elected office.
HJR27State Redistricting CommissionSupportThis proposed constitutional amendment would alter the redistricting process. The Legislature would pass laws to determine the makeup, powers, and duties of the Commission. The Commission would be tasked with creating new legislative districts. The ACLU supports proposals to remove partisan politics from redistricting. This scheme does achieve this goal, however by allowing the Legislature to determine makeup and rules, it is not as independent as other proposals.
HJR101Amend the state Constitution to give the people the powers of initiative, referendum and recallSupportThis proposed constitutional amendment would give WV citizens the power to recall legislators, to initiate constitutional amendments and to hold referendums. The ACLU supports more direct democracy.
HR3Creating a Select Committee on Jails and PrisonsNeutralThis resolution creates a select committee during the 2022 Legislative Session to study issues related to jails and prisons. This is a major area of concern for the ACLU and it is likely the ACLU will have positions on most legislation put before this committee.
HR4Amending House Rule 138, relating to news correspondents and reportersOpposeThis change to the Rules of the House of Delegates allows the Speaker to refuse or revoke press credentials at their discretion. The ACLU supports the freedom of the press and opposes rules that could limit access to the press arbitrarily.
HRJ7Requiring a two-thirds vote in each house of the Legislature to increase any tax or feeOpposeThis proposed amendment would require 2/3 of the each chamber to approve any increase in taxes or fees. This sets an unnecessarily high burden on the government to fund necessary operations.
SB5Creating WV Unmanned Aircraft Systems Advisory CouncilNeutralPortions of this bill provide a broader right to use unmanned aircraft (drones). The ACLU supports this broadly but will monitor this legislation to look for a balance this with privacy concerns.
SB9Providing continued eligibility for developmental disability services to dependents of military membersSupportThis bill expands the eligibility for certain support services to some individuals. The ACLU supports providing these services.
SB13Eliminating suspension of driver's license for failure to pay court fines and costsSupportThis bill eliminates the ability to suspend someone's driver's license for unpaid court fines and costs. Aggregating court fines and costs is part of a criminalizing poverty, where people with little economic means are barred from reentry long after a formal sentence. When a person with court debt has their license suspended they are unable to work and will not be able to address the court debt.
SB14Providing for private, parochial, or church schools to enter into agreements with public schools to permit student participation in athletic or other extracurricular activitiesNeutralThis bill allows private school students to participate in public school athletics or activities through agreements with the public school. The ACLU has opposed similar legislation that mandated participation because of potential impacts to school budgets. Absent this mandate, the ACLU takes no position on this legislation, but will monitor for changes.
SB15Legalizing cannabis production, sales, and adult consumptionSupportThis bill would provide for the legalization and regulation of cannabis in West Virginia. The ACLU supports the end of drug prohibition laws.
SB16Allowing voters who register in person with county clerk to vote during early in-person votingSupportThis bills allows people to register to vote and vote during the early voting period. This bill helps people who may have had their registration status cancelled, or who did not know there was a deadline to register. The ACLU supports legislation that makes it easier to vote.
SB20Creating online voters' guideSupportThis bill would require candidates for certain constitutional offices to provide some basic background information, and would put the information in a central online location. The ACLU supports legislation that helps encourage civic engagement and voting.
SB21Relating to school aid formula and minimum student enrollmentSupportThis bill sets a floor on net enrollment for the purposes of the school aid formula. This formula determines school funding, which is constitutionally required to be sufficient to provide a thorough and efficient education. The ACLU supports, at a minimum setting this floor.
SB22Relating to exempting certain organizations from property taxationOpposeThis bill expands tax-exempt status to religious property that is also used for education or daycare purposes. Similar secular institutions do not get this benefits so this scheme would favor religious organizations over non-religious organizations. The ACLU opposes this sort of favoritism.
SB23Prohibiting mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations for WV residentsOpposeThis bill would prohibit a number of entities, including schools and universities from requiring a Covid-19 vaccine. This is short-sighted legislation that could inhibit reasonable requirements as the Covid pandemic persists. This may make these public spaces less safe for people with medical conditions,
SB24Establishing WV Freedom of Conscience Protection ActOpposeThis bill allows businesses and individuals to claim a religious objection to otherwise legal requirements. In practice these bills allow discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. The ACLU opposes this misinterpretation of religious freedom.
SB26Relating generally to licenses to sell paraphernalia for use with controlled substancesOpposeThis bill voids business licenses and prohibits new licenses for businesses that sell items deemed to be drug paraphernalia. This is an expansion of the War on Drugs. The ACLU opposes this and supports ending prohibition.
SB29Providing fee for processing of criminal bondsOpposeThis bill would add a court fee for bonds. Bonds already are a form of wealth-based detention imposed against people who have not even been convicted of a crime. Fees only worsen the problems created by this system.
SB32Permitting medical marijuana be prescribed in edible formSupportThis bill would remove a prohibition on edible forms of cannabis from the West Virginia Medical Cannabis Act. The ACLU supports continued decriminalization of drugs.
SB34Relating to residency requirements for voter registrationNeutralThis bill sets up a formal definition of "legal resident" for the purposes of voting. The ACLU will monitor this legislation to ensure it does not result in voter disenfranchisement.
SB35Adding grievance and appellate procedures for individuals participating in DMV Safety and Treatment ProgramSupportThis bill adds a grievance and appeal process for people in the DMV Safety and Treatment Program. This provides a level of accountability and due process, which the ACLU supports.
SB36Requiring notice be sent to owners of record before real property can be sold due to nonpayment of taxesSupportThis bill would expand the notice given to owner of property as well as occupants, such as renters, before the property can be sold for non-payment of taxes. Notice a minimal step in creating due process rights, which the ACLU supports.
SB45Prohibiting certain divisive acts from school curriculum, state agencies, and any groups receiving state fundingOpposeThis law censors discussions of racism, sexism or other forms of discrimination for any institution that receives state funding. Contrary to the language of the bill, allowing these discussions are neither divisive or discriminatory, but are an important step in rectifying persisting disparities.
SB47Creating crime for being under influence of controlled substance unless specifically prescribedOpposeThis bill would make it a crime to be under the influence of a controlled substance. The ACLU broadly opposes expanding the war on drugs. Beyond that, this would be difficult to enforce and would allow the police to harass people of color, people experiencing homelessness, and people with long-term medical conditions under the suspicion of being under the influence.
SB54Requiring PACs disclose contributors' names and addresses to Secretary of StateOpposeThis bill requires political action committees (PACs) to disclose the names of their donors. PACs are a way to collectively communicate on political issues, and the ACLU supports the right to anonymous speech and opposes requiring the disclosure of members of organizations.
SB58Requiring certain movie theaters to provide open captioning during certain showingsSupportThis bill would require certain large cinema operators to offer some closed caption showings. The ACLU supports legislation that supports that promotes greater access for people with disabilities.
SB59Establishing Community Health Equity Initiative Demonstration ProjectSupportThis bill creates a Minority Health Advisory Team and a Community Health Equity Initiative. These programs are designed to look at persisting disparities and propose solutions.
SB67Requiring notice be sent to owners of record before real property can be sold due to nonpayment of taxesOpposeThis bill would require newspapers to run political advertisements, if solicited. This is a violation of the free and independent press and the speech rights of the press, including the very basic interest in not printing something which is false.
SB75Requiring certain municipalities pay for incarceration of inmatesOpposeThis bill shifts and divides the cost burdens from over-incarceration. Rather than addressing the issue of mass-incarceration, this bill seeks to find ways to maintain the status quo.
SB81Repealing WV Workplace Freedom ActSupportThis bill would repeal the Workplace Freedom Act, and would enable and empower collective bargaining. The ACLU supports the right to collectively bargain and the rights of unions.
SB85Changing simple possession of marijuana from misdemeanor crime to civil violationSupportThis bill caps the penalty for simple possession of cannabis to a $25 fine. While the ACLU supports for legalization of cannabis, decriminalization is a positive step away from harmful drug crime enforcement.
SB86Creating criminal offense of sexual extortionNeutralThis bill creates a new crime of sexual extortion and sexual extortion of a person holding a position of trust or authority. The ACLU strongly opposes the creation of new crimes, particularly when existing criminal and civil remedies may apply. However, the ACLU also recognizes the need to address rampant sexual misconduct. The ACLU takes no position on this legislation at the current time and will monitor and assess as the legislation progresses.
SB90Limiting penalty for possession of marijuana to no more than $1,000 without confinementAmendments NeededThis bill caps the penalty for possession of cannabis to a $1000 fine. While the ACLU supports for legalization of cannabis, decriminalization is a positive step away from harmful drug crime enforcement. The penalty in this bill is unnecessarily high, and the ACLU encourages a reduction in that proposed penalty.
SB92Requiring probationers who served 10 or more years to participate in work release programOpposeThe bill would require probationers who served 10 or more years to participate in a work-release program prior to release. Notwithstanding probationers who may of an advanced age or have a disability that would prevent work, the ACLU opposes additional requirements that could result in delaying release.
SB93Requiring DHHR file petition to terminate parental rights under certain circumstancesOpposeThis bill would require DHHR to file a petition to terminate parental rights after 2 incidents of neglect. The ACLU opposes the use of absolute rules like this. Courts should be able to review these situations on a case-by-case basis, rather than be bound by a blanket rule.
SB94Creating Fetal Heartbeat ActOpposeThis bill would prohibit abortions as early as five weeks, before many people even know they are pregnant. The ACLU strongly supports the right to seek an abortion without government interference.
SB95Relating to long-term care and substance abuse treatmentSupportThis bill establishes two hospitals with beds for long-term substance abuse treatment and shorter-term care. The ACLU supports providing a variety of evidence-based treatment options for people who wish to seek help with substance abuse.
SB97Prohibiting gender-based price discriminationSupportThis bill prohibits retailers from selling a products that are substantially the same at disparate prices if they are marketed towards different genders. It is a common practice for Women's' products to be more expensive than mens' products even when the product is effectively the same. The ACLU supports efforts to remove this gender-based inequity.
SB101Relating generally to payment of salary or wages under Parental Leave ActSupportThis bill provides for family leave, and in some cases, paid family leave for state employees. The ACLU supports family leave.
SB103Creating Closed Captioning ActSupportThis bill would require certain large cinema operators to offer some closed caption showings. The ACLU supports legislation that supports that promotes greater access for people with disabilities.
SB107Requiring certain disclosures of election expendituresOpposeThis bill requires disclosure of donors to groups engaging in political expenditures. The ACLU has long supported the right to free anonymous political speech.
SB109Transferring child welfare enforcement responsibilities to State PoliceOpposeThis bill would take all responsibilities for child welfare that are currently performed by DHHR and transfer them to the State Police. The involvement of law enforcement is more likely to result in escalation of situations and the unnecessary criminal charges.
SB125Requiring all local special levies be held on regularly scheduled statewide election ballotSupportThis bill requires all special elections for local levies be held on state-wide election days. This will help to ensure public participation in these elections. The ACLU supports measures that will increase and facilitate civic engagement.
SB140Allowing state and federal criminal history record check of each adult living in residence when minor child is placed there due to emergencyNeutralThis bill would allow DHHR to conduct background checks on people who become emergency guardians of children. The ACLU will monitor this to ensure that it does not unduly infringe on privacy.
SB147Adjusting distance from polling place certain election-related activity is prohibitedOpposeThis bill would expand the electioneering prohibition zone from 100 feet from a polling place to 250 feet from a polling place. While there are competing interests between keeping voters free from interference and intimidation, and free speech, the right to free speech, particularly on political matters must be prioritized.
SB148Prohibiting racial discrimination based on certain hair textures and hairstylesSupportThis bill clarifies that employment decisions based on hair-styles or textures associated with race constitute racial discrimination.
SB156Prohibiting unlawful discriminatory practices covered by Human Rights Act and Fair Housing ActSupportThis bill would expand nondiscrimination protections in housing, employment and public accommodations to LGBT people. The ACLU supports this long-overdue protection.
SB158Collecting and analyzing statistical information pertaining to terminating pregnancies under Medicaid ProgramOpposeThis is an invasive bill that requires the government not only to collect data on abortions, but information information on the reason for the abortion. This is an invasion of privacy, and unnecessary since the passage of Amendment 1.
SB159Providing procedure for WV to select delegates to Article V ConventionOpposeThis bill provides certain policies and procedures for the selection and recall of delegates to a convention under Article V of the Constitution. The ACLU opposes the use of a Convention of the States to amend the Constitution. Among other reasons, it is unclear that laws like the one proposed here would be enforceable.
SB160Prohibiting abortion coverage in certain qualified health care plansOpposeThis bill would prohibit certain insurance plans from paying for abortion care. This reduces the ability to access abortion. The ACLU opposes this.
SB166Creating position of homeless education coordinator in certain countiesSupportThis bill creates a homeless education coordinator to work with youth and families who are experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. This can help to ensure that these youth receive appropriate education, and services. Doing so can also reduce the likelihood of juvenile justice involvement.
SB167Implementing trauma-informed practices in schoolsSupportThis bill puts into place a number of practices in schools to provide a trauma-informed environment for students. This includes more support services and less reliance on harsh discipline. This will reduce the school-to-prison pipeline.
SB169Prohibiting insurers from denying coverage as result of pre-existing conditionSupportThis bill prohibits insurers from denying coverage on the basis of preexisting conditions. This is an important equity provision for people with disabilities and chronic illness.
SB174Designating DHHR social workers to promote school attendance and performanceSupportThis bill would provide social workers to help at risk youth with school attendance. This will reduce truancy charges, one of the biggest drivers of youth into the juvenile justice system.
SB175Ensuring coverage for residents with pre-existing conditionsSupportThis bill requires insurance coverage for people with preexisting conditions. This is an important equity provision for people with disabilities.
SB180Removing requirement that determination of medical stability be found prior to admission to mental health facilityOpposeThis bill would remove the requirement that a person be found to be medically stable before they can be involuntarily committed. This is a basic protection to protect the health and safety of people subjected to involuntary commitment.
SB182Prohibiting teaching of divisive acts and critical race theory in public schoolsOpposeThis bill purports to ban racial stereotyping. However, the language of the bill also prohibits important and necessary discussions in workplaces and in curriculum regarding the racial history of the United States, implicit bias, and privilege.
SB186Creating Small Business and Minority Populations Economic and Workforce Development TaskforceSupportThis bill creates a task force to help foster economic development and entrepreneurship in minorities in West Virginia. The ACLU supports efforts to help undo larger system barriers to persisting inequities.
SB197Drug testing of legislatorsOpposeThis bill would require legislators to undergo drug testing. The ACLU opposes suspicionless drug testing.
SB200Relating generally to modernization of procedures for voting in public electionsSupportThis bill removes signature matching as a way to challenge duly cast ballots. It allows for absentee voting for all voters, and creates ballot drop-boxes. The legislation prohibits cancelling a voters registration soley for inactivity. All of these provisions make voting easier and more accessible, which the ACLU supports.
SB206Establishing Minority Health Advisory TeamSupportThis bill creates a board to study and make recommendations of disparate impacts in the health of minority and marginalized communities. The ACLU supports efforts to proactively root out systemic inequalities.
SB210Relating to measures Governor may make during state of emergencyAmendments NeededThis bill makes changes to the emergency powers of the Governor. It requires legislative approval of emergency orders lasting longer than 30 days which the ACLU approves. However, it prohibits emergency orders to close businesses, or limit gatherings which is too broad of a prohibition.
SB212Creating Fetal Heartbeat ActOpposeThis bill would prohibit abortions as early as five weeks, before many people even know they are pregnant. The ACLU strongly supports the right to seek an abortion without government interference.
SB216Creating Student Journalist Press Freedom Restoration ActSupportThis bill restates that student publications and student journalists are free from undue censorship. The ACLU supports the freedom of the press and the freedom of expression for students.
SB218Requiring parental notification of school-based dispensing of contraceptives to minorsOpposeThis bill would require schools to notify parents if a contraceptive device or medication is provided to a student. This is a violation of the student's privacy, and could endanger students.
SB220Require parental notification of minors being prescribed contraceptivesOpposeThis bill would require a physician to notify parents if contraceptives are prescribed to a minor. This is a violation of the patient's privacy and could endanger the child.
SB224Setting age of consent for marriage at 18OpposeThis bill prohibits marriage prior to the age of 18. The right to marry freely is a fundamental right, and attempts to limit it are suspect. In particular, this prohibition may limit certain religious practices. While there are valid concerns about abuse in child marriage, each situation should be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
SB226Allowing substitute teachers who suspect unfair exclusion from certain assignments to request explanation from certain school officialsSupportThis bill allows substitute teachers who think that they have been unfair excluded request an explanation by school authorities. This legislation can be a safeguard against certain forms of discrimination.
SB232Relating to punishment for second or third offense felonyOpposeThis bill changes how penalties are calculated for multiple felonies. It expands the amount of time that offenses can be compounded together, and allows courts to consider very remote prior offenses. This will result in more incarceration, which the ACLU opposes.
SB236Requiring all eligible voters to vote in general electionOpposeThis bill creates compulsory voting. While the ACLU supports efforts to increase civic participation, the ACLU opposes mandatory voting.
SB240Permitting all registered voters to vote by absentee ballotSupportThis bill would allow all voters to vote by absentee ballot without an excuse. This increases access and availability of voting, which the ACLU supports.
SB247Relating to certified community behavioral health clinicsNeutralThis bill creates a network of certified community behavioral health centers. The ACLU supports expanding mental and behavioral health facilities to ensure there is adequate services, distributed appropriately throughout the state. However, there is concern that this legislation could be used to limit other health providers. The ACLU will continue to monitor and study this bill.
SB248Creating Patrolman Cassie Marie Johnson Memorial ActOpposeThis bill would reinstitute the death penalty for first degree murder in West Virginia. The ACLU adamantly opposes the death penalty.
SB249Permitting special registration plates for persons with certain medical conditionsOpposeThis bill would provide for special license plates to indicate drivers who may be subject to "erratic behavior". This requires people with medical conditions to reveal public their health status, which is a significant violation of basic privacy rights.
SB253Relating to voting precincts and redistrictingSupportThis bill makes the Secretary of the State the primary liaison with the US Census bureau, replacing county commissions. The bill contemplates a role for county commissions in helping to advise the Secretary of the State. It also provides for increased public access and transparency. The bill helps to centralize the important role of providing and receiving information to the US Census Bureau and provides increased transparency, which the ACLU supports.
SB254Relating to crime of vehicular homicideOpposeThis bill modifies negligent homicide by vehicle. It increases the current penalties. It also creates a new misdemeanor if a person dies within a year, and the proximate cause was an injury as a result of negligent operation of a vehicle. The ACLU opposes creating new crimes and increasing penalties.
SB255Relating to state contracts with and investments in certain companies that boycott energy companiesOpposeThis bill would prohibit West Virginia from doing business with any corporate entity that takes part in a boycott of energy companies. This is a prohibition on protected political expression.
SB256Prohibiting civil rights violations based on disability, gender identity, or sexual orientationSupportThis bill adds hate crime protections to people with disabilities and to LGBTQIA individuals. Notably the bill specifically requires consideration of alternative sentencing.
SB259Removing requirement of imminent lawless action to prerequisite for crime of intimidationOpposeThis bill makes it a crime to threaten or intimidate a public official, even if there is no "imminent lawless action". This expands the criminal charge. Already people are charged unnecessarily and inappropriately under this provision, and expanding it further will curtail free speech.
SB260Mandating extended supervision for defendants convicted of stalking and related felonious actsOpposeThis bill would add a period of mandatory supervision of 10-50 years for people convicted of stalking and related offense. Supervision provides significant barriers to reentry and results in more incarceration for non-criminal "technical" violations.
SB261Requiring video cameras in certain special education classroomsNeutralThis bill makes clarifications and provides cleanup to a law which requires cameras in special education classrooms. The ACLU opposed that law, and worked to provide certain privacy and juvenile justice safeguards. The ACLU will monitor this legislation for any erosion of those protections.
SB262Relating generally to financial institutions engaged in boycotts of energy companiesOpposeThis bill would prohibit West Virginia from doing business with financial institutions that takes part in a boycott of energy companies. This is a prohibition on protected political expression.
SB269Youth Mental Health Protection ActSupportThis bill bans the practice of "conversion therapy". Conversion therapy is a discredited and dangerous practice which harms LGBTQ youth.
SB272Relating to certain medical criteria as condition of employmentSupportThis bill clarifies that no one needs to provide health or medical information in order to gain employment with the state. The ACLU supports this basic privacy protection.
SB416Forbidding excessive government limitations of exercise of religionOpposeThis bill would re-establish the balancing test for government interference with religion. While the ACLU supports the free exercise of religion, this bill would allow people to use religion as an excuse for discrimination.
SB419Establishing pilot project to evaluate impact of certain post-substance use disorder residential treatmentsSupportThis bill creates a program to study the efficacy of certain substance abuse programs under several metrics. The ACLU supports evidence-based decision making. We support this study and will monitor this legislation to ensure the purpose is to provide the best care for individuals seeking healthcare and not to invalidate treatment options.
SB421Creating Paid Parental Leave Pilot ProgramSupportThis bill would create a pilot program to establish paid parental leave for state employees. The ACLU supports paid parental leave.
SB422Relating to DNA data maintained for law-enforcement purposesOpposeThis bill makes changes to existing policies for collecting DNA from certain individuals. Notably, it expands the list of people from whom the state is obligated to take DNA. The ACLU believes biometric information is protected and without specific suspicion the government should not be collecting this information.
SB423Establishing limited exemption to photo ID requirementSupportThis bill would allow people who have a religious objection get a state driver's license without a photo. The ACLU supports religious accomodations.
SB425Requiring free feminine hygiene products be provided to female prisonersSupportThis bill would require the Department of Corrections to provide a choice of menstrual hygiene products to inmates.
SB431Relating generally to Uniform Controlled Substance ActOpposeThis bill amends a law which creates a criminal penalty for failure to render aid when engaged in illegal drug use. The bill provides an expansive definition of "engaged in" which could increase unnecessary criminal penalties.
SB437Providing for early discharge of paroleesSupportThis bill expands who may be eligible for early release through the parole board. The ACLU supports giving flexibility to release people early.
SJR2Protection of Electronic Communication and Data AmendmentSupportThis proposed Constitutional amendment would ensure that electronic communications and data are also secure from unreasonable search and seizure. The ACLU supports protecting this information.
SJR5Limiting the Terms of Members of the House of Delegates and Senate AmendmentOpposeThis proposed constitutional amendment would lengthen the terms of delegates to 4 years, and set a term limit for delegates. Shorter terms make delegates more responsive to the needs of constituents, and the ACLU opposes term limits.
SJR8Constitutional Officer Term Limit AmendmentOpposeThe proposed amendment would create term limits for all state Constitutional officers. The ACLU opposes term limits.