Senate Bill No. 202
(By Senators Bowman, Kessler, Hunter and McKenzie)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 26, 1998.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section four, article seven, chapter
five-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to the duties of
the director of the information services and communications
division; publishing state agency toll-free telephone
numbers in telephone directories in the state; and creating
a road condition toll-free telephone number.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section four, article seven, chapter five-a of the code
of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. INFORMATION SERVICES AND COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION.
§5A-7-4. Powers and duties of division generally; professional staff; telephone service.
(a) The division is responsible for providing technical
services and assistance to the various state spending units with respect to developing and improving data processing and
telecommunications functions. The division may provide training
and direct data processing services to the various state
agencies. The division shall, upon request of the chief
technology officer within the office of the governor, provide
technical assistance in evaluating the economic justification,
system design and suitability of equipment and systems used in
state government. The director shall report to the secretary.
(b) The director is responsible for the development of
personnel to carry out the technical work of the division and may
approve reimbursement of costs incurred by employees to obtain
education and training.
(c) The director may assess each state spending unit for the
cost of any evaluation of the economic justification, system
design and suitability of equipment and systems used by the state
spending unit or any other technical assistance that is provided
or performed by the chief technology officer and the division
under the provisions of section four, article one-b of this
(d) The director shall transfer any moneys received as a
result of the assessments that he or she makes under subsection
(c) of this section to the office of chief technology officer.
The director shall report quarterly to the joint committee on
government and finance on all assessments made pursuant to
subsection (c) of this section.
(e) The director shall:
(1) Maintain an accounting system for all telephone service
to the state.
(2) By the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-nine, have published in the governmental pages of every
telephone directory in the state, all public accessible toll-free
telephone numbers for every state agency.
(3) By the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred
ninety-nine, create a toll-free telephone number for people to
call to obtain information on road conditions in West Virginia
and have the toll-free telephone number published in the
governmental pages of every telephone directory in the state.
(f) The provisions of this article do not apply to the
Legislature or the judiciary.
(NOTE: Strike-throughs indicate language that would be
stricken from the present law, and underscoring new language that
would be added.)