Other membership requirements would remain the same, including having no more than seven members of the same political party, and no more than four members from one congressional district.
The legislation will be proposed for consideration during the 2014 legislative session.
Also at Thursday's Ethics Commission meeting:
• Commissioners approved an advisory opinion sharply limiting the ability of commercial supervisors in county assessors' offices to own, sell or lease commercial property in the county in which they work.
The ruling concludes such people may not own, lease or sell commercial properties in their counties, may not participate in public auctions of commercial properties, and may lease residential properties in the county only if they have taken no regulatory action on the properties.
The request for an advisory opinion was prompted by allegations made on a now-defunct radio show against Steve Duffield, commercial property supervisor in the Kanawha County Assessor's Office, alleging Duffield undervalued assessments on about 30 rental properties he owns.
Duffield's attorney has denied the allegations, calling them "talk-radio crap."
• Thursday's meeting of the commission and of its Open Government Committee were in violation of the state's Open Meetings Act, since commission staff failed to post notice of the meetings on the online State Register.
That means commissioners will have to re-do votes on all actions taken Thursday when the commission next meets in February.Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.