H. B. 2021

(By Delegates Caputo, Coleman, Mezzatesta and Manchin)

[Introduced January 8, 2003; referred to the

Committee on Education then Finance.]

A BILL to amend and reenact section eight, article ten-a, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to providing that graduate school opportunities are made available to individuals receiving rehabilitative services.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section eight, article ten-a, chapter eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§18-10A-8. Eligibility for vocational rehabilitation; eligibility for graduate school.

(a) Vocational rehabilitation services shall be provided to any disabled individual who is present in the state at the time of filing his or her application therefor, if the director after full investigation shall determine that his or her rehabilitation can be satisfactorily achieved. Such The services shall also be provided to any person who is eligible therefor under the terms of an agreement with another state or with the federal government.
Except as otherwise provided by law or as specified in an agreement with the federal government with respect to classes of individuals certified to the state board thereunder, the following rehabilitation services shall be provided at public cost only to disabled individuals found to require financial assistance with respect thereto:
(1) Physical restoration.
(2) Transportation, for any other purpose than that of determining the eligibility of the individual for vocational rehabilitation services and the nature and extent of the services necessary.
(3) Occupational licenses.
(4) Occupational tools, equipment, initial stocks and supplies, books and training material; the title to any or all of which may be conveyed to the individual.
(5) Maintenance.
The rights of a disabled individual under the provisions of this article shall not be transferable or assignable at law or in equity.
(b) Any person who is found to be eligible under the provisions of this section, who has graduated from an accredited four-year undergraduate program with an overall collegiate grade point average of 3.0 or above is eligible for an educational stipend to cover necessary and reasonable expenses to attend the accredited public graduate school of his or her choice, located in this state. The director shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a, designed to effectuate the provisions of this subsection.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide that persons meeting the eligibility requirements to receive rehabilitation services who have graduated from college with at least a 3.0 grade point average become eligible to attend a state funded graduate school at state expense.

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