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CHAPTER 64. LEGISLATIVE RULES.

ARTICLE 8. AUTHORIZATION FOR DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION TO PROMULGATE LEGISLATIVE RULES.

§64-8-1. Division of Highways.

(a) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 29, 2019, authorized under the authority of §17-2A-8(24) of this code, modified by the Division of Highways to meet the objections of the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and refiled in the State Register on January 8, 2020, relating to the Division of Highways (use of state road rights-of-way and adjacent areas, 157 CSR 06), is authorized with the following amendments:

On page 11, by striking out subsection 3.8 and inserting in lieu thereof a new subsection 3.8 to read as follows:

3.8. Utility Installations. All publicly and privately owned utilities, including but not limited to, electric, communication, gas, oil, petroleum products, chemical, water, steam, sewage, drainage, and similar facilities that are to be accommodated, adjusted or relocated within state highway right-of-way, shall be in accordance with the Division’s interpretive rule promulgated under section 10 of this rule.

On page 11, by striking out paragraph 3.8.d.3. and inserting in lieu thereof a new paragraph 3.8.d.3. to read as follows:

3.8.d.3.  “Notice requesting removal or relocation and utility liability. In accordance with the interpretive rule promulgated under section 10 of this rule, the Division shall provide notice to affected utilities when relocations of existing facilities are required for highway projects. If the utility fails to comply with the notice as provided in W.Va. Code §17-4-17b(d), the utility is liable for all costs, fees, penalties, or other charges incurred by the Division as a result of the utility’s failure to timely relocate, unless a written extension is granted by the Division”.;

On page 12, by striking out all of subdivision 3.8.e.

And,

On page 36, by adding a new section 10. to read as follows:

§157-6-10. Promulgation of interpretive rule and legislative rule on fees.

10.1. The Division shall promulgate an interpretive rule in accordance with W. Va. Code §29A-3-1 et seq. setting forth the requirements for accommodating utilities on highway right-of-way and the adjustment and relocation of utility facilities on highway projects. The interpretive rule may not contain any type of fee.

10.2. The Division shall promulgate any fees levied on a utility or telecommunications provider by legislative rule in accordance with W. Va. Code §29A-3-1 et seq.

(b) The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 26, 2019, authorized under the authority of §22-18-7(a) of this code, relating to the Division of Highways (transportation of hazardous wastes upon the roads and highways, 157 CSR 07), is authorized.

The legislative rule filed in the State Register on July 29, 2019, authorized under the authority of §31H-2-3 of this code, modified by the Division of Highways to meet the objections of the Legislative Rule-Making Review Committee and refiled in the State Register on January 8, 2020, relating to the Division of Highways (small wireless facilities on Division of Highways rights-of-way, 157 CSR 13), is authorized with the following amendments:

On page 2, by striking out subsection 2.7 and renumbering the remaining subsections;

On page 5, subsection 4.4, after the words: “the application.”, by inserting the following: “When determining the time in which an application must be acted upon, if the final day to act falls on a federal or state holiday, the date to act upon the application shall be the next weekday that is not a federal or state holiday.”;

On page 5, subsection 4.5. by striking out the word “business”;

On page 5, subdivision 4.5.1. by striking out the word “business”;

On page 5, subdivision 4.5.2. by striking out the words “business days”;

And,

On page 8, subsection 5.1. by striking out the word “business”.

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