WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
Senate Bill 204
By Senators Boso, Blair and Facemire
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization; reported on February 22, 2017]
A BILL to amend and reenact §5-1-22 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to filling vacancies in offices by appointment of the Governor; providing for what shall be considered an appointment; and requiring that persons appointed to fill a vacancy have the same qualifications for the vacated office and receive same compensation and expenses for the office otherwise provided by law.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §5-1-22 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. THE GOVERNOR.
§5-1-22. Vacancies in offices filled by appointment of Governor; Senate action; bond requirements; filling vacancies in other appointive offices.
(a) In case of a vacancy, during the recess of the Senate,
in any office, which vacancy the Governor is authorized to fill by and with the
advice and consent of the Senate, the Governor shall, by appointment within
thirty days, fill such vacancy until the next meeting of the Senate, when
the Governor shall submit to the Senate a nomination to fill such vacancy and,
upon confirmation of such nomination by the Senate, by a vote of a majority of
all the members elected to the Senate, taken by yeas and nays, the person so
nominated and confirmed shall hold said office during the remainder of the term
for which his or her predecessor in office was appointed, and until his or
her successor shall be appointed and qualified. No person whose nomination
for office has been rejected by the Senate shall again be nominated for the
same office during the session in which his or her nomination was so
rejected, unless at the request of the Senate, nor shall
person be appointed to the same office during the recess of the Senate. No
appointee who resigns from any such office prior to confirmation, or whose name
has not been submitted for confirmation while the Senate is in session, shall
be eligible, during the recess of the Senate, to hold any office the nomination
for which must be confirmed by the Senate.
(b) Any person who the Governor has granted the authority to exercise the duties and responsibilities of an office for which there is a vacancy or has been designated to be acting in the position of a vacated office shall be considered to be appointed to fill the vacancy and subject to the provisions of this section.
(c) Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall possess the qualifications of the office and shall only receive compensation and expenses for the office, as provided in this code.
(d) The bond, if any, required by law to be given by any officer so temporarily appointed by the Governor, shall be in such penalty as is required by law of the incumbent of such office.
(e) Any vacancy in any other office filled by appointment, or in any office hereafter created to be filled by appointment, shall be filled by the same person, court or body authorized to make appointment to such office for the full term thereof.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require that persons appointed to fill a vacancy by the Governor have the same qualifications for the vacated office and receive same compensation and expenses for the office otherwise provided by law.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.