H. B. 4296
(By Delegates Douglas, Butcher, Caputo, Prunty, Willison, Varner
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization]
[January 28, 2000]
A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article six, chapter
twelve of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, relating to continuing the West Virginia
investment management board.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article six, chapter twelve of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 6. WEST VIRGINIA INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT BOARD.
§12-6-3. West Virginia investment management board created; body
corporate; board created; trustees; nomination and appointment of
trustees, qualifications and terms of appointment, advice and
consent; annual and other meetings; designation of representatives
and committees; board meetings with committees regarding investment
policy statement required; open meetings, qualifications.
(a) There is hereby created the West Virginia investment
management board. The board is created as a public body corporate and established to provide prudent fiscal administration,
investment and management for the pension funds, workers'
compensation and coal-workers' pneumoconiosis funds and other state
(b) The board shall be governed by a board of trustees,
consisting of thirteen members:
(1) Nominations made to the West Virginia trust fund board and
the West Virginia board of investments shall remain in effect and
are hereby specifically reauthorized and those members shall be
members of the investment management board and shall serve out the
remainder of their respective terms subject to the advice and
consent of the Senate: Provided, That prior appointments which
have been confirmed by the Senate are hereby specifically
reauthorized without further action of the Senate.
(2) Any appointment is effective immediately upon appointment
by the governor with respect to voting, constituting a quorum,
receiving compensation and expenses, and all other rights and
privileges of the trustee position. All appointees must have
experience in pension management, institutional management or
financial markets, and one trustee must be an attorney experienced
in finance and investment matters, and one trustee must be a
certified public accountant.
(3) The governor, the state auditor and the state treasurer or
their designees shall serve as members of the board. They shall
serve by virtue of their office and are not entitled to compensation under the provisions of this article. The governor,
the auditor and the treasurer or their designees shall be subject
to all duties, responsibilities and requirements of the provisions
of this article, including, but not limited to, the provisions of
subsections (e) and (f), section four of this article.
(c)At the end of each trustee's term, the governor may
reappoint or appoint a successor who shall serve for six-year
terms. No more than six of the ten appointed trustees may belong
to the same political party.
(d) In the event of a vacancy among the trustees, an
appointment shall be made by the governor to fill the unexpired
(e) The governor may remove any trustee, other than trustees
who serve by virtue of their elective office, in case of gross
negligence or misfeasance and may declare that position vacant and
may appoint a person for the vacancy as provided in subsection (d)
of this section.
(f) Each trustee, other than those enumerated in subsection
(b), subdivision (3) of this section, shall be entitled to receive,
and, at the trustee's option, the board shall pay to the trustee,
compensation in the amount of five thousand dollars per year and
additional compensation in the amount of five hundred dollars per
meeting attended by the trustee in excess of the four quarterly
meetings required by this section. In addition, all trustees shall
receive reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in discharging trustee duties pursuant to this article.
(g) The board shall meet quarterly and may include in its
bylaws procedures for the calling and holding of additional
meetings. For any quarterly or additional meeting in which the
board shall review or modify its securities list or its investment
objectives pursuant to subsection (f), section twelve of this
article, the board shall give ten days notice in writing to the
designated representative of each participant plan selected
pursuant to subdivision (1), subsection (i) of this section, and
the meeting shall be open to the members and beneficiaries of the
participant plans for that portion of the meeting in which the
board undertakes the review or modification.
(h) The board shall hold an annual meeting within forty-five
days after the issuance of the year-end financial report. The
annual meeting may also serve as a quarterly meeting. The annual
meeting shall be open to the public, and the board shall receive
oral and written comments from representatives, members and
beneficiaries of the participant plans and from other citizens of
the state. At the annual meeting, the board shall adopt a fee
schedule and a budget reflecting fee structures for the year.
(i) Pursuant to subsection (j) of this section, the board
shall meet with committees representing the participant plans to
discuss the board's drafting, reviewing or modifying the written
investment policy of the trust with respect to that committee's
participant plan pursuant to section twelve of this article. Representatives and committees shall be designated as follows:
(1) The West Virginia consolidated public retirement board
shall promulgate procedural rules by which each pension system
named in paragraphs (1) through (6), inclusive, subsection (c),
section nine-a of this article, shall designate an individual
representative of each said pension system, and the West Virginia
workers' compensation commission shall promulgate procedural rules
by which the pneumoconiosis fund and the workers' compensation fund
shall designate an individual representative of each said fund.
(2) On or before the first day of June of each year, the
consolidated public retirement board shall submit in writing to the
board the names of the six designated representatives, and the
workers' compensation commission shall so submit the names of the
(3) Each designated representative shall provide to the board
his or her current address, updated each year on or before the
first day of July, to which address the board shall provide notice
of meetings of the board pursuant to subsection (g) of this
(4) Each designated representative shall submit in writing to
the board on or before the first day of July of each year, the
names of no more than three persons comprising a committee
representing the beneficiaries of that representative's participant
(j) At its annual meeting, the board shall meet with each of the seven committees, formed pursuant to subdivision (1),
subsection (i) of this section, for the purpose of receiving input
from the committees regarding the board's drafting, reviewing or
modifying its written investment policy statement for investment of
the consolidated pension plan funds. In developing the investment
policy statement, the trustees shall receive each committee's
stated objectives and policies regarding the risk tolerances and
return expectations of each participant plan, with attention to the
factors enumerated in subsection (g), section twelve of this
article, in order to provide for the continuing financial security
of the trust and its participant plans. The board may meet with
the committees or any of them at its quarterly and additional
meetings for the same purpose.
(k) All meetings of the board shall be open to the
representatives of the participant plans as appointed pursuant
to subdivision (1), subsection (i) of this section. The
representatives shall be subject to any rules, bylaws, guidelines,
requirements and standards promulgated by the board. The
representatives shall observe standards of decorum established by
the board. The representatives shall be subject to the same code
of conduct applicable to the trustees and shall be subject to all
board rules and bylaws. The representatives shall also be subject
to any requirements of confidentiality applicable to the trustees.
Each representative shall be liable for any act which he or she
undertakes which violates any rule, bylaw or statute governing ethical standards, confidentiality or other standard of conduct
imposed upon the trustees or the representatives. Any meeting of
the board may be closed, upon adoption of a motion by any trustee,
when necessary to preserve the attorney-client privilege, to
protect the privacy interests of individuals, to review personnel
matters or to maintain confidentiality when confidentiality is in
the best interest of the beneficiaries of the trust.
(l) Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, the West Virginia investment management board shall
continue to exist until the first day of July, two thousand-two.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the
present law, under scoring indicates new language that would be
This bill is recommended by the Joint Committee on Government
Operations for passage during the 2000 Regular Session.