Senate Bill No. 460
(By Senators Love and Schoonover)
[Introduced February 11, 1998; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section eight, article twenty,
chapter thirty-one of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to
the jail and correctional facility standards commission;
removing correctional facilities jurisdiction of same;
changing the name of the commission; and adjusting the
number of members of same to reflect the repeal of the
juvenile facilities review panel.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section eight, article twenty, chapter thirty-one of
the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one,
as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 20. WEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL AND CORRECTIONAL
§31-20-8. Jail facility standards commission; appointment; compensation; vacancies; quorum.
and correctional facility standards commission of
eleven ten members is hereby created. The governor shall appoint
two county sheriffs, to be chosen from a list of three names
provided by the president of the West Virginia sheriff's
association, and three county commissioners, to be chosen from a
list of five names provided by the president of the West Virginia
county commissioner's association. The chief justice of the
state supreme court of appeals shall appoint a representative
from the juvenile facilities review panel. Each of the members
so appointed shall serve for a term of three years and be
eligible for reappointment. The commissioner of the department
of corrections, the director of the department of health, the
state fire marshal, the commissioner of the department of human
services and the director of the division of vocational education
of the state department of education or their designees shall be
members ex officio in an advisory capacity.
Members of the commission shall serve without compensation,
but may be reimbursed for reasonable and necessary expenses
incurred in the performance of their duties. The regional jail
and correctional facility authority shall provide the commission
with secretarial and other necessary services.
A vacancy among the appointed members of the commission shall be filled, within thirty days, in the same manner as the
original appointment. A quorum consists of four of the six
voting members. Members of the commission shall select a
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove correctional
facilities from the jurisdiction of the Jail and Correctional
Facilities Standard Commission, and change the name accordingly.
It also reduces the membership of the commission from eleven to
ten because the juvenile facilities review panel, from which the
chief justice was to appoint one member, was abolished by the
Legislature in 1997.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.