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§31-15-5. West Virginia economic development authority; composition; appointment; terms; delegation of authority by chairman; voting; compensation and expenses.

(a) The West Virginia economic development authority is continued as a body corporate and politic, constituting a public corporation and government instrumentality.

(b) The authority shall be composed of a board of members consisting of a chairman, who shall be the Governor, or his or her designated representative, the Tax Commissioner and seven members who shall be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, and who shall be broadly representative of the geographic regions of the state. One member of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the speaker and one member of the Senate to be appointed by the president shall serve on the board in an advisory capacity as ex officio, nonvoting members. The board shall direct the exercise of all the powers given to the authority in this article. The Governor shall also be the chief executive officer of the authority, and shall designate the treasurer and the secretary of the board.

(c) As appointments expire, each subsequent appointment shall be for a full four-year term. Any member whose term has expired shall serve until his or her successor has been duly appointed and qualified. Any person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve only for the unexpired term. Any member is eligible for reappointment. (d) The Governor may, by written notice filed with the secretary of the authority, from time to time, delegate to any subordinate the power to represent him or her at any meeting of the authority. In that case, the subordinate has the same power and privileges as the Governor and may vote on any question.

(e) Members of the authority are not entitled to compensation for services performed as members, but are entitled to reimbursement for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of their duties.

(f) A majority of the members constitutes a quorum for the purpose of conducting business. Except in the case of a loan or insurance application or unless the bylaws require a larger number, action may be taken by majority vote of the members present. Approval or rejection of a loan or insurance application shall be made by majority vote of the full membership of the board.

(g) The board shall manage the property and business of the authority and may prescribe, amend, adopt and repeal bylaws and rules and regulations governing the manner in which the business of the authority is conducted.

(h) The board shall, without regard to the provisions of civil service laws applicable to officers and employees of the State of West Virginia, appoint any necessary managers, assistant managers, officers, employees, attorneys and agents for the transaction of its business, fix their compensation, define their duties and provide a system of organization to fix responsibility and promote efficiency. Any appointee of the board may be removed at the discretion of the board. The authority may reimburse any state spending unit for any special expense actually incurred in providing any service or the use of any facility to the authority.

(i) In cases of any vacancy in the office of a voting member, the vacancy shall be filled by the Governor. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy in the board occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his or her predecessor was appointed shall be appointed for the remainder of the term.

(j) The Governor may remove a member in the case of incompetence, neglect of duty, gross immorality or malfeasance in office, and may declare the member's office vacant and appoint a person for the vacancy as provided in other cases of vacancy.

(k) The secretary of the board shall keep a record of the proceedings of the board and perform any other duties determined appropriate by the board. The treasurer shall be custodian of all funds of the authority and shall be bonded in the amount designated by other members of the board.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2017 Regular Session
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