(By Delegates Beane, Kuhn, Butcher, Ennis, Hatfield, Iaquinta, Manchin, Manuel, Martin, Perdue, Talbott, Wright, Yeager, Yost, Leggett, Azinger, Blair, Caruth, Frich, Romine, Schoen and Walters)

(Originating in the Committee on Government Organization)

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the use, benefits and management of technology as it impacts the Legislature.

whereas, The growth of the Internet, electronic commerce and digital government have prompted the introduction of numerous bills regarding technology and communication each legislative session; and
whereas, In addition to emerging policy issues such as electronic commerce and Internet taxes, technology issues are interwoven into traditional areas such as education, human services and criminal justice; and
whereas, At least thirty-one states and two territories have established legislative committees that specifically include information technology issues in their jurisdiction; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to examine and study the efficiency and feasibility of creating a Joint Committee on Finance Subcommittee on Technology and Communication with emphasis on the role of state government in sharing information among the branches of government and with its political subdivisions; the feasibility and advisability of developing a uniform technology and communication policy throughout the state; the structure and function of similar subcommittees in other states; and the composition and role of the subcommittee during the legislative session, and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2004, its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.