The wording of the resolution may provide that leeway, stating, "The study should address the most effective means for confirming the eligibility of candidates for office, and the measures, if any, the secretary of state should take to ensure eligible candidates are on the ballot, and ineligible candidates are not."
Kessler and House Speaker Rick Thompson, D-Wayne, submitted the list of interim study topics based on legislation proposed or resolutions adopted during the 2012 regular session, and added a number of additional topics, including continuing studies from past interims.
Among those, the Oversight Committee on Regional Jails and Corrections will continue studying ways to reduce overcrowding in state prisons.
Other topics of study approved Monday include:
Implementing a safety policy for high school athletes who sustain concussions during games or practices (HCR128). Legislation that would have required the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission to draft such safety regulations died at the end of the regular session over a dispute on whether volunteer team physicians should be given legal immunity.
The West Virginia Buy America Act. The act, which would require contractors on state-funded construction projects to use all U.S.-made building materials and supplies, died in the regular session over cost concerns.
Developing a coordinated approach to deal with the state's epidemic of obesity and obesity-related chronic diseases.
Restricting or banning persons under 18 from using indoor tanning facilities and tattoo parlors.
Expanding the state Freedom of Information Act to include personal emails sent or received by public officials via their governmental email accounts (SCR91).
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