Introduced Version House Bill 2789 History

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H. B. 2789

         (By Delegates T. Campbell, Miley, Varner, Cann,

                     Ferro and Canterbury)

         [Introduced January 11, 2012


; referred to the

         Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]



A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new article, designated §5A-6B-1, §5A-6B-2, §5A-6B-3, §5A-6B-4 and §5A-6B-5, all relating to the West Virginia Geographical Information System.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §5A-6B-1, §5A-6B-2, §5A-6B-3, §5A-6B-4 and §5A-6B-5, all to read as follows:


§5A-6B-1. Findings.

    (a) The Legislature finds that computerized geographical information systems technology and the management and sharing of information about the state’s natural and cultural resources is essential to finding practical solutions to good, efficient and effective governance.

    (b) The Legislature further finds that Executive Order 4-93 provided for:

    (1) The West Virginia Geographical Information System Policy Council to oversee the implementation of the state GIS Development Plan;

    (2) The appointment of the state GIS Coordinator;

    (3) The appointment of a steering committee to coordinate the technical aspects of the plan;

    (4) The development of a GIS Users Group to educate, train and exchange information among GIS users; and

    (5) The creation of a GIS Technical Center in cooperation with West Virginia University.

§5A-6B-2. Definitions.

    (a) “Chief Technology Officer” means the person defined in article six, chapter five-a of this code.

    (b) “Geological and Economic Survey” means the entity provided in article two, chapter twenty-nine of this code.

    (c) “Geospatial” means a combination of spatial software and analytical methods of terrestrial or geographic datasets.

    (d) “GIS Plan” means the Geographical Information System Plan.

    (e) “GIS Technical Center” means the state GIS Technical Center in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia University.

    (f) “GIS Users Group” includes the West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professional and other groups or individuals that educate, train and exchange information among GIS users.

§5A-6B-3. Development of GIS Plan; report to Governor and Legislature.

    (a) The following offices, individuals and groups of individuals are recognized to assist the development of the state Geographic Information System Plan:

    (1) The Chief Technology Officer;

    (2) The Office of the state GIS Coordinator;

    (3) The Office of the state Geological and Economic Survey;

    (4) The West Virginia Geographical System Information Policy Council; and

    (5) GIS Users Groups including, but not limited to, the Nick J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute at Marshall University and the West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals.

    (b) The state GIS Coordinator shall submit electronic annual reports to the Governor and all members of the Legislature, on the organizational design and administrative development and implementation of the plan, including database development; system and application development; system utilization, marketing and coordination with outside organizations; utility infrastructure mapping; inventory of assets; technology improvement initiatives; reports of workgroups; and budget and funding strategies for state and local governments.

§5A-6B-4. Security of government information.

    The Chief Technology Officer shall ensure the security of all government information and the data communications infrastructure from unauthorized uses, intrusions or other security threats.

§5A-6B-5. Legislative rule-making authority.

    The statewide GIS Coordinator in consultation with the Chief Technology Officer shall propose rules for legislative approval, in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to effectuate the provisions of this article.


    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to recognize GIS User Groups such as the West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals to assist the development of the state GIS Plan.



    This article is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.

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