West Virginia bill could make Bible the official state book

West Virginia bill could make Bible the official state book

A new House Bill with 11 sponsors could make the Bible the official state book of West Virginia, if it passes the state's House Judiciary Committee. 

House Bill 2568 currently has 11 sponsors, proposes to add the Holy Bible to it's official list of state symbols. The bill was referred last week to the House Judiciary Committee by House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha.

The Herald-Dispatch of West Virginia reports, "Del. Jeff Eldridge, D-Lincoln, is the lead sponsor of the bill. In addition to Hicks, the co-sponsors of the bill are Dels. Ralph Rodighiero, D-Logan; Zack Maynard, R-Lincoln; Justin Marcum, D-Mingo; Erikka Storch, R-Ohio; Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur; Mark Dean, R-Mingo; and Steve Westfall, R-Jackson.

A similar bill has been proposed in other states according to the Dispatch. "In April 2016, Republican Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam vetoed a bill that would have made the Bible that state's official book after the GOP-majority General Assembly approved the measure. Similar measures failed to pass in the Louisiana State Legislature in 2014 and in the Mississippi Legislature in 2015."

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