HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 106
(By Mr. Speaker (Mr. Miley), Ambler, Anderson, Andes, Armstead, Arvon, Ashley, Azinger, Barker, Barrett, Boggs, Border, Butler, Cadle, Campbell, Canterbury, Caputo, Cooper, Cowles, Craig, Diserio, Eldridge, Ellem, Ellington, Espinosa, Evans, A., Evans, D., Faircloth, Ferns, Ferro, Fleischauer, Folk, Fragale, Frich, Gearheart, Guthrie, Hamilton, Hamrick, Hartman, Householder, Howell, Hunt, Iaquinta, Jones, Kinsey, Kump, Lane, Lawrence, Longstreth, Lynch, Manchin, Manypenny, Marcum, Marshall, McCuskey, Miller, Moore, Morgan, Moye, O'Neal, Pasdon, Paxton, Perdue, Perry, Pethtel, Phillips, L., Phillips, R., Pino, Poling, D., Poling, M., Reynolds, Romine, Rowan, Shott, Skaff, Skinner, Smith, P., Sobonya, Sponaugle, Staggers, Stephens, Storch, Sumner, Swartzmiller, Tomblin, Walker, Walters, Wells, Westfall, White, Williams and Young)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study concerning the potential implementation of a Deferred Retirement Option Plan for troopers and employees of the West Virginia State Police.
Whereas, The West Virginia State Police provides an essential service to the State of West Virginia; and
Whereas, Every year numerous West Virginia State Police troopers and employees retire; and
Whereas, Current West Virginia State Police retirement options often favor retirement at the earliest possible age; and
Whereas, When a veteran State Police officer or employee retires, the loss of that wisdom and experience is a hindrance to the continued success of the West Virginia State Police and cannot be easily replaced; and
Whereas, Many states have adopted Deferred Retirement Option Plans (DROP) to provide troopers and other employees an incentive to remain employed for a small number of years beyond the age they would have otherwise retired; and
Whereas, DROP programs are designed to be an entirely voluntary and cost-neutral monetary incentive for the most experienced troopers and employees to remain past normal retirement age; and
Whereas, The introduction of a DROP program with the West Virginia State Police is of great potential significance to West Virginia as a method to ensure both the continued success of the West Virginia State Police as well as providing retired troopers and employees with an additional source of income upon their eventual retirement that they may otherwise have not been able to benefit from; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the issue of implementing a Deferred Retirement Option Plan for the West Virginia State Police in order to retain valued troopers and employees as well as providing these individuals with an additional source of income upon retirement; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance submit its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations, to the Legislature at the beginning of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.