2023 REGULAR SESSION
House Bill 2945
By Delegates Foster, Brooks, Butler, Steele, Kirby, Reynolds, Crouse, Chiarelli, Riley, Ferrell, and Smith
[Introduced January 24, 2023; Referred to the Committee on Government Organization then Finance]
A BILL to amend and reenact §30-1-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to state boards of examination or registration; and requiring Treasurer to transfer certain funds accumulated by the boards into the State General Fund.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
(a) The secretary of every board referred to in this chapter shall receive and account for all money which it derives pursuant to the provisions of this chapter which are applicable to it. With the exception of money received as fines, each board shall pay all money which is collected into a separate special fund of the State Treasury which has been established for each board. This money shall be used exclusively by each board for purposes of administration and enforcement of its duties pursuant to this chapter. Any money received as fines shall be deposited into the General Revenue Fund of the State Treasury. When the special fund of any board accumulates to an amount which exceeds twice the annual budget average revenue over the preceeding four years of the board or $10,000, whichever is greater, the State Treasurer shall:
(1) Transfer the excess amount to the state General Revenue Fund; and
(2) Notify the Legislative Auditor that the transfer has been made.
(b) (1) Every licensing board which is authorized by the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to audit by the office of the Legislative Auditor.
(2) Within a reasonable time after the State Treasurer notifies the Legislative Auditor of a transfer required to be made under this section, the Legislative Auditor shall conduct a review of the fee structure of the applicable board to determine if the amount of the board’s fees generate excessive revenue, when compared to the board’s normal expenses. If the Legislative Auditor finds that excess revenue is generated, he or she shall report his or her findings to the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Government Organization, along with recommendations on how the fees can be adjusted to generate only the amount the board reasonably needs to operate under this chapter.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the Treasurer to transfer, into the State General Fund, certain funds accumulated by most boards of examination or registration.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.