WEST virginia Legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 2831
By Delegate Gearheart
[By Request of the Division of Motor Vehicles]
[Introduced March 8, 2017; referred
to the Committee on Roads and Transportation then Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §17B-2-7a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the reconstitution of the Driver’s Licensing Advisory Board, by requiring one member of the board to be a licensed neurologist in this state, by requiring the board to respond to requests of the commissioner when necessary in the discretion of the commissioner, by striking obsolete sections of code and by adding statutory consistency.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §17B-2-7a of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE, EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL.
§17B-2-7a. Driver's Licensing Advisory Board.
The Driver's Licensing Advisory Board is hereby
continued. The board shall consist of five members to be appointed by the
Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for terms of three
years, except that as to the members first appointed, two shall be appointed
for a term of three years, two shall be
appointed for a term of two years and one shall be appointed for a term of one
year, all from July 1, 1974. All vacancies occurring on the board shall be
filled by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. One member of the board shall be an
optometrist duly registered to practice optometry in this state, one member
shall be a neurologist duly registered to practice neurology in this state
and the other
four three members of the board shall be physicians
or surgeons duly licensed to practice medicine or surgery in this state. The Governor
shall appoint persons qualified to serve on the board who, in his or her opinion, will best serve the
work and function of the board.
The board shall advise the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles as to vision standards and all other medical criteria of whatever kind or nature relevant to the licensing of persons to operate motor vehicles under the provisions of this chapter. The commissioner may, in her or his discretion, request the opinion of the board. The board shall, upon request, advise the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles as to the mental or physical fitness of an applicant for, or the holder of, a license to operate a motor vehicle. The board shall furnish the commissioner with all such medical standards, statistics, data, professional information and advice as he or she may reasonably request.
The members of the board shall receive compensation and expense reimbursement in an amount not to exceed the same compensation and expense reimbursement as is paid to members of the Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the Citizens Legislative Compensation Commission and authorized by law, for each day or substantial portion thereof engaged in the performance of official duties.
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter
four of this code, the driver's licensing advisory board shall continue to
exist until July 1, 2009
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to reconstitute the Driver’s Licensing Advisory Board, to require one member of the board to be a licensed neurologist in this state, to require the board to respond to requests of the commissioner when necessary in the discretion of the commissioner, to delete obsolete language.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.