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									West Virginia Blue Book

Published each year, the Blue Book is an extensive guide containing information on
current officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of state government;
federal officers, including the president, congressional representatives and judges; and,
political leaders, including party committee chairs and members. The books published in
odd-numbered years and the 2000 edition include photographs and biographies of
these officials. This publication also contains information on state and federal agencies;
postal information; the Constitutions of the United States and West Virginia; and,
considerable information on counties, municipalities and various organizations.

Legislative Manual

A more abbreviated publication than the Blue Book, this manual is updated every two
years and contains photographs and biographies of the current governor and
legislators. It also contains the names of congressional representatives, elected state
officials, judicial officers, legislative staff, members of the press, former governors and
past legislators. In addition, each manual includes statistical information on population,
legislative rules, the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutions of the United
States and West Virginia.

A Commemorative History of the West Virginia Capitol

First printed in 1982 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Capitol’s dedication, this
publication contains archival pictures, photographs and detailed accounts of the
Statehouse’s history - from its early locations and a devastating fire to Cass Gilbert’s
vision, its awe-inspiring construction in Charleston and the intricate details that citizens
continue to enjoy today. The book also includes information on the Governor’s Mansion
and a summary of statistical figures concerning the Capitol.

Page Program Book

Created as a guide for students participating in the Legislature’s Page Program, this
book provides valuable information on the members of the Senate and House of
Delegates, including their photographs and seating charts. It also details students’
responsibilities while serving as pages and important rules to follow while in the
Chambers. In addition, the book includes Capitol maps, an explanation of the legislative
process and historical information on West Virginia.

House Journals

Printed daily, this is the official record of the proceedings that take place each day while
the House of Delegates is in session. The Journal follows the Order of Business and
details floor actions on any legislation up for introduction, amendment or passage. It
also records any requested remarks by members on the floor. For added convenience,
the daily Journals are now available on the Web site.
Senate Journals

Printed daily, this is the official record of the proceedings that take place each day while
the Senate is in session. The Journal follows the Order of Business and details floor
actions on any legislation up for introduction, amendment or passage. It also records
any requested remarks by members on the floor. For added convenience, the daily
Journals are now available on the Web site.

House Index & Abstract

Updated each day during the regular sessions, the House Index contains a list of all bills
introduced by subject and includes the short titles of each measure. The House
Abstract, also updated daily, is a numerical listing of all bills introduced and includes
both the short titles and the sponsor(s). These publications also are available online.

Senate Index & Abstract

Updated each day during the regular sessions, the Senate Index contains a list of all
bills introduced by subject and includes the short titles of each measure. The Senate
Abstract, also updated daily, is a numerical listing of all bills introduced and includes
both the short titles and the sponsor(s). These publications also are available online.

Legislative Directory

Updated for each new Legislature, this publication contains photographs and contact
information for all members of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates. In
addition, the directory lists the leadership of each chamber and memberships of all
standing committees. The pocket-sized booklet also contains general information
regarding the Senate and House; the toll-free telephone number and official Web site
address for the Legislature; and, an address format for constituents to use when writing
their representatives.

A Bill Becomes Law

Often used for educational purposes, this pamphlet illustrates the process through
which legislation advances before it becomes a state law as it walks the reader through
each step. Complete with photographs of the Senate and House Chambers, this
publication contains detailed summaries of the various stages of the legislative process,
including introduction of the bill, committee study, floor action and action by the
Governor. It also includes a table with graphics depicting each of the steps.

Internship Brochure

Profiling the Legislature’s five internship programs, which provide opportunities for both
undergraduate and graduate students from in-state institutions, this brochure includes
descriptions of interns’ duties, eligibility requirements, the duration of each program and
the number of available positions. For students wishing to receive application deadline
information or ask any questions about the programs, this publication contains
telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and mailing addresses for each program’s
contact person.

Wrap-Up - The Official Newsletter of the West Virginia Legislature

Published weekly throughout each regular session, this newsletter provides summaries
of current legislation advancing through the legislative process and includes lead stories
that often highlight recent activities at the Capitol. Individuals can access Wrap-Up
online or contact the Office of Reference and Information to be placed on the mailing
list. A more in-depth final edition, which includes summaries of all bills passed, is
produced after the Legislature adjourns. Although Final Wrap-Up is not mailed to
regular subscribers, copies can be obtained online or requested through this office.

A Guide Through the Legislative Process

A publication provided to enhance understanding of the lawmaking branch of state
government, this brochure not only provides a detailed explanation of how a bill
becomes law, but also it explains the composition, terms and sessions of the
Legislature; describes the roles of presiding officers and floor leaders; illustrates the
purposes of joint, concurrent and simple resolutions; outlines the different methods of
voting; and, defines legislative terminology used in the process.

A Bill Becomes Law for Children

Assuring kids that the legislative process is important to understand because it results in
the laws that protect them and their families, this brochure features Professor Bill B.
Kamalaw, who walks young readers through the steps a bill takes as it becomes law -
from the initial idea to floor readings and the Governor’s signature. In addition to
illustrating the legislative process, this pamphlet also defines legislative terms and
includes an easy-to-follow table with graphics portraying each of the steps.

Children's Activity Book

Designed to engage young readers in learning about state government and the
lawmaking process, this book contains detailed descriptions of the three branches of
government, along with educational quizzes and games to test children on what they’ve
read. It also has a page for the pupil to write a letter to their representative about any
ideas they have for state law, as well as facts about the State Capitol, state trivia, a map
of the 55 counties and descriptions of West Virginia’s state symbols.

Interim Highlights

Produced once a month during the Legislature’s interim period, which is the time
between regular sessions, this publication contains summaries of the committee
meetings that take place during three days each month. These meetings often entail
in-depth studies of various topics in preparation for future legislation, as well as updates
from state agencies that allow lawmakers to hear any concerns and monitor the
progress of legislation that has passed. Although this publication is not mailed to the
public, copies can be downloaded online.

Chronology of Women in the West Virginia Legislature

Recently updated, this book contains the names, parties and home counties of all
women who have served in the West Virginia Senate or House of Delegates. This
publication begins in 1922, when just one woman served in the House, and spans
through the years to the present Legislature, in which 21 women currently serve - three
in the Senate and 18 in the House.

Information Packet

A comprehensive reference tool for any interested citizens or Capitol visitors, this
packet contains a map of the Capitol, which includes room numbers for all legislators;
seating charts for the Senate and House Chambers; Senate, House and Congressional
district maps; photographs and contact information for all members of the Legislature;
and, phone numbers and addresses for Congressional representatives. Also included
are toll-free telephone numbers and Web site addresses for state agencies, colleges
and universities. This packet can be downloaded online.

								
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