Senate Bill No. 101
(By Senators Ross, Sharpe, Dempsey, Rowe and Sprouse)
[Introduced January 10, 2003; referred to the Committee on
Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section two, article one, chapter
five-f of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, relating to combining the offices and
duties of the state commissioner of highways and the secretary
of transportation; and designating salary.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section two, article one, chapter five-f of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS.
§5F-1-2. Executive departments created; offices of secretary
(a) There are created, within the executive branch of the
state government, the following departments:
(1) Department of administration;
(2) Department of education and the arts;
(3) Department of environmental protection;
(4) Department of health and human resources;
(5) Department of military affairs and public safety;
(6) Department of tax and revenue; and
(7) Department of transportation.
(b) Each department
will be is headed by a secretary appointed
by the governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. Each
secretary serves at the will and pleasure of the governor.
(c) The secretary of the department of transportation shall
also serve as the commissioner of highways, with compensation for
this dual position to be paid at the higher of the annual salary of
either the commissioner of highways or the secretary of
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to mandate that the
Secretary of the Department of Transportation also serve as the
State Commissioner of Highways and that the salary for this dual
position be paid at the higher of the two salaries.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would