The Legislature also passed a Secretary of State-backed bill to help counties clean up their voter rolls.
Senate Bill 535 includes several changes to state law meant to identify and delete the names of dead voters. One such provision added "other writings" to existing state law, meaning counties no longer need official obituaries or death certificates to delete the name of a dead individual from voter lists. A newspaper story also would suffice.
The bill also requires the West Virginia Health Statistics Center's Vital Registration Agency to send monthly reports to the Secretary of State's office and county clerks offices, listing individuals who have died.
Previously, the agency only sent yearly reports to the offices.
Tennant's office also contributed one of the 37 gun bills introduced this legislative session. House Bill 3139, which would allow Secretary of State investigators to carry concealed weapons, was one of seven pieces of gun legislation to pass both houses this year.
James Metheny, 62, of Midkiff, was convicted last year of pulling a gun on one of Tennant's investigators and an FBI agent who were investigating election fraud in the 2010 Lincoln County primaries.
Tennant's investigator did not have a weapon.
"That investigator of ours who was a former FBI agent and had carried a weapon for years, and all of a sudden he was naked," she said.
Tennant said the incident happened in the middle of last year's legislative session, too late to introduce a new bill and have it passed.
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