WEST virginia legislature
2021 regular session
Senate Bill 602
By Senators Sypolt, Clements, and Swope
[Introduced March 9,
to the Committee on the Transportation and Infrastructure]
A BILL to amend and reenact §17-2A-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to removing the residency requirement for the Commissioner of the Division of Highways.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
ARTICLE 2. STATE ROAD COMMISSION.
residency and office requirements; devotion of full time to duties;
supervisory authority; oath; bond.
The commissioner shall be a
person who is experienced in highway planning, finance, construction,
maintenance, management, and supervision qualifying him or her for the
duties of his or her office; shall devote his or her full time
and attention to his or her official duties and responsibilities;
reside at and maintain his or her office headquarters at the state
capital; shall be the chief executive officer of the commission and, subject to
other provisions of law, shall have direct and full control, management, and
supervision of the entire state road program and system; and shall, prior to
assumption of the duties of his or her office, take and subscribe to the
oath prescribed by the Constitution and execute a bond, with surety approved by
the commission, in the penal sum of $25,000, which executed oath and bond shall
be filed with the Secretary of State. Premiums on the commissioner's bond shall
be paid from commission funds.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove the residency requirement for the Commissioner of the Division of Highways. The Commissioner of Highways is the only commissioner currently required to reside at the “state capital”.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.