WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2469
By Delegate Sobonya and Frich
[Introduced February 15,
to the Committee on the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section. designated §9-2-13, relating generally to benefits provided by the Department of Health and Human Resources; requiring benefit access devices to have a photograph of the person to whom a device was issued; permitting a benefit access device to be used by another authorized individual on the device holder's behalf; defining terms; and providing for rule-making.
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 section, designated §9-2-13, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN SERVICES; POWERS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES GENERALLY.
§9-2-13. Benefit access device; photograph; who may use; definitions; rule-making.
(a) For the purposes of this section:
"Benefits" means any payment, allotments, money, goods or other things of value granted pursuant to a benefit program.
"Benefit access device" means any card, plate, account number or other means of access that can be used, alone or in conjunction with another access device, to obtain payments, allotments, benefits, money, goods or other things of value that can be used to initiate a transfer of funds.
"Benefit program" includes the Federal Food Stamp Act, Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families, other similar state or federal financial assistance program or other program sponsored by the department.
(b) All benefit access devices that permit access to benefits or a benefit program shall have a photograph of the person to whom the device was issued.
(c) A benefit access device may also be used by another authorized individual, such as a caregiver, who may, with proper photo identification, use the device for the device holder's benefit.
(d) The secretary shall propose rules in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code that are necessary to effectuate the requirements and purposes of this section by September 30, 2017.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require benefit access devices to have a photograph of the person to whom a device was issued. The bill permits a benefit access device to be used by another authorized individual on the device holder's behalf. The bill defines terms and provides for rule-making.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.