WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
Senate Bill 583
By Senators Smith and Cline
[Introduced March 11, 2017;
to the Committee on Energy, Industry and Mining; and then to the Committee on Finance]
A BILL to amend and reenact §22-20-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to abolishing the Office of Environmental Advocate within the Department of Environmental Protection.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §22-20-1 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 20. ENVIRONMENTAL ADVOCATE.
§22-20-1. Appointment of environmental advocate; powers and duties; salary.
The director of the Division
of Environmental Protection shall appoint a person to serve as the
environmental advocate within the Division of Environmental Protection, and
shall adopt and promulgate rules in accordance with the provisions of article
three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code governing and controlling the
qualifications, powers and duties of the person to be appointed to the position
of environmental advocate. The environmental advocate shall serve at the will
and pleasure of the director, who shall also set the salary of the
environmental advocate. All funding for the office of environmental advocate
shall be from existing funds of the Division of Environmental Protection. The
director shall provide an office and secretarial and support staff as needed.
The office of environmental advocate within the Department of Environmental Protection is hereby abolished effective July 1, 2017. Any unused funds provided on behalf of the Department of Environmental Protection to fund the office of environmental advocate shall be deposited into the State General Revenue Fund.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to is to abolish the office of environmental advocate effective July 1, 2017. Unused funds are to be deposited into the State General Fund.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.