Bill to allow military funerals at schools passes WV Senate

POCA, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Senate passed a bill Wednesday aimed at allowing military funeral services to be held at schools.

Senate Bill 154 now moves to the state House for consideration.

The proposed legislation ensures that funerals and memorial services can be held at school facilities for fallen soldiers,veterans, and first responders across the state.

In November, the death of a soldier, Specialist Nicholas Jividen, revealed there is some gray area in West Virginia's laws about where funerals for members of the military can be held.

Jividen is a Poca High School graduate, and that's where his family wanted to hold his funeral because they expected a large attendance. But after confusion and lack of existing policy, that request was denied, leaving thousands to attend his service at a small funeral home.

In response, lawmakers stepped up to draft a bill to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.