H. B. 2277

(By Delegates J. Martin, Love, Michael, Osborne, Nesbitt, Harrison and Willison)

[Passed March 10, 1995; in effect July 1, 1995.]

AN ACT to amend and reenact section three, article twelve, chapter forty-seven of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to continuing the real estate commission.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article twelve, chapter forty-seven of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§47-12-3. Commission created; powers generally; membership; appointment and removal of members; qualifications; terms; organization; salaries and expenses; executive director and assistants; seal; admissibility of and inspection of records; continuation of commission.

There shall be a commission known as the "West Virginia Real Estate Commission", which commission shall be a corporation and as such may sue and be sued, may contract and be contracted with and shall have a common seal. The commission shall consist of three persons to be appointed by the governor by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. Two of such appointees each shall have been a resident and a citizen of this state for at least six years prior to his or her appointment and whose vocation for at least ten years shall have been that of a real estate broker or real estate salesperson and the third shall be a representative of the public generally. Members in office on the date this section becomes effective shall continue in office until their respective terms expire. The term of the members of said commission shall be for four years and until their successors are appointed and qualify. No more than two members of such commission shall belong to the same political party. No member shall be a candidate for or hold any other public office or be a member of any political committee while acting as such commissioner. In case any commissioner be a candidate for or hold any other public office or be a member of any political committee, his or her office as such commissioner shall ipso facto be vacated. Members to fill vacancies shall be appointed by the governor for the unexpired term. No member may be removed from office by the governor except for official misconduct, incompetency, neglect of duty, gross immorality or other good cause shown and then only in the manner prescribed by law for the removal by the governor of state elective officers. The governor shall designate one member of the commission as the chairman thereof and the members shall choose one of the members thereof as secretary. Two members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the conduct of official business.
(a) The commission shall do all things necessary and convenient for carrying into effect the provisions of this article and may from time to time promulgate reasonable, fair and impartial rules and regulations in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. The board shall pay each member 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 portion thereof engaged in the discharge of official duties.
(b) The commission shall employ an executive director and such clerks, investigators and assistants as it shall deem necessary to discharge the duties imposed by the provisions of this article and to effect its purposes, and the commission shall determine the duties and fix the compensation of such executive director, clerks, investigators and assistants, subject to the general laws of the state.
(c) The commission shall adopt a seal by which it shall authenticate its proceedings. Copies of all records and papers in the office of the commission, duly certified and authenticated by the seal of said commission, shall be received in evidence in all courts equally and with like effect as the original. All records kept in the office of the commission under authority of this article shall be open to public inspection under reasonable rules and regulations as shall be prescribed by the commission.
(d) After having conducted a preliminary performance review through its joint committee on government operations, pursuant to article ten, chapter four of this code, the Legislature hereby finds and declares that the West Virginia real estate commission should be continued and reestablished. Accordingly, notwithstanding the provisions of said article, the West Virginia real estate commission shall continue to exist until the first day of July, two thousand one.