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Senate Bill No. 778

(By Senators Hunter, Wells, Bailey and Boley)

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[Originating in the Committee on Military;

reported February 20, 2008.]

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A BILL to amend and reenact §9A-1-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to describing the powers and duties of the director; providing for the hiring of case managers and counselors; providing for a program to advise veterans of available benefits and services; and developing an internet website.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §9A-1-10 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 9A. DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.
§9A-1-10. Powers and duties of director.

The director shall be the executive and administrative head of the division and as such shall have the power and duty, subject to the provisions of section four hereof, to:
(a) Supervise and put into effect the purposes and provisions of this article and the rules and regulations for the government of the division;
(b) Prescribe methods pertaining to investigations and reinvestigations of all claims and to the rights and interests of all veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans;
(c) Prescribe uniform methods of keeping all records and case records of the veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans;
(d) Sign and execute, in the name of the state by West Virginia Division of Veterans' Affairs, and by and with the consent of the Veterans' Council, any contract or agreement with the federal government or its agencies, other states, subdivisions of this state, corporations, associations, partnerships or individuals;
(e) Supervise the fiscal affairs and responsibilities of the division;
(f) Organize the division to comply with the requirements of this article and with the standards required by any federal act or any federal agency;
(g) Establish such regional or area offices throughout the state as may be necessary to promote efficiency and economy in administration;
(h) Make such reports as will comply with the requirements of any federal act or federal agency and the provisions of this article;
(i) Cooperate with the federal and state governments for the more effective attainment of the purposes of this article;
(j) Keep a complete and accurate record of all proceedings; record and file all contracts and agreements and assume responsibility for the custody and preservation of all papers and documents pertaining to his or her office and the division;
(k) Prepare for the Veterans' Council the annual reports to the Governor of the condition, operation and functioning of the division;
(l) Exercise any other powers necessary and proper to standardize the work; to expedite the service and business; to assure fair consideration of the rights and interests and claims of veterans, their widows, dependents and orphans; and to provide resources for a program which will promote a greater outreach to veterans and which will advise them of the benefits and services that are available and to promote the efficiency of the division;
(m) Invoke any legal, equitable or special remedies for the enforcement of his or her orders or the provisions of this article;
(n) Appoint the veterans' affairs officers and heads of divisions of the division, and of regional or area offices, and employ such assistants and employees, including case managers and counselors, as may be necessary for the efficient operation of the division; and
(o)Provide resources and assistance in the development of an internet website which is to be used to inform veterans of programs and services available to them through the division and the state and federal governments; and
(o) (p) Delegate to all or any of his or her appointees, assistants or employees all powers and duties vested in the director, except the power to sign and execute contracts and agreements, but the director shall be responsible for the acts of such appointees, assistants and employees.

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(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide for greater outreach to veterans to advise them of benefits and services available to them and to provide for the hiring of case managers and counselors.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.)
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