WEST virginia legislature
2019 regular session
Senate Bill 396
By Senators Tarr and Cline
[Introduced January 23, 2019; Referred to the Committee on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-1-22, relating to waiver of initial occupational licensing fees for certain individuals; requiring board and licensing authorities to waive certain initial occupational licensing fees for low-income individuals, military families, and young workers; defining terms; requiring individuals seeking waiver of initial occupational licensing fees to apply on a form provided by the board or licensing authority; and granting rule-making authority.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO ALL STATE BOARDS OF EXAMINATION OR REGISTRATION REFERRED TO IN CHAPTER.
§30-1-22. Waiver of initial licensing fees for certain individuals; definitions.
(a) Each board or licensing authority referred to in this chapter shall waive all initial occupational licensing fees for the following classes of individuals:
(1) “Initial” means first time obtaining a license in West Virginia for the occupation sought.
(2) “Low-income individuals” means individuals in the local labor market as defined in §21-1C-2 of this code whose household adjusted gross income is below 130 percent of the federal poverty line. This term also includes any person enrolled in a state or federal public assistance program including: but not limited to, the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program. Medicaid, or the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
(3) “Military families” means any person who serves as an active member of the armed forces of the United States, the National Guard, or a reserve component as described in 38 U. S. C §101, honorably discharged veterans of those forces. and their spouses. This term also includes surviving spouses of deceased service members who have not remarried.
(4) “Young workers” means individuals in the local labor market as defined in §21-1C-2 of this code who are between the ages of 18 and 25, inclusive.
(b) Individuals seeking a waiver of initial occupational licensing fees must apply to the appropriate board or licensing authority in a format prescribed by the licensing authority. The licensing authority shall process the application within 30 days of receiving it from the applicant.
(c) The licensing authority shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with §29A-3-1 et seq. of this code to implement the provisions of this section.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require board and licensing authorities to waive certain initial occupational licensing fees for low-income individuals, military families, and young workers.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.