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Bill bars felons from seeking elected office

February 21, 2012
dsp By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia Legislature wants to clarify who can't run for elected office.

The Senate passed a bill Monday that would clarify that anyone convicted of certain felonies like treason or bribery cannot run for state or local office unless the conviction was expunged, pardoned or overturned.

The bill would also require a current office holder to step down once convicted and all appeals are complete.

Sen. Corey Palumbo says a 1933 state Supreme Court decision found the existing law vague, and the bill would address that.

The Kanawha County Democrat argues that the law already bars convicted felons from holding public office and he believes a modern court would uphold the existing statute.

The bill now goes to the House of Delegates for consideration.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

 
 

 

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