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Chapter 29     Entire Code


ARTICLE 1. DIVISION OF CULTURE AND HISTORY.

ARTICLE 1A. COMMISSION ON UNIFORM STATE LAWS.

ARTICLE 1B. COMMISSION ON INTERSTATE COOPERATION.

ARTICLE 1C. INTERSTATE COMMISSION ON THE POTOMAC RIVER BASIN.

ARTICLE 1D. OHIO RIVER VALLEY WATER SANITATION COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 1E. SOUTHERN STATES ENERGY COMPACT.

ARTICLE 1F. WHEELING CREEK WATERSHED PROTECTION AND FLOOD PREVENTION DISTRICT COMPACT.

ARTICLE 1G. INTERSTATE COMPACT ON AIR POLLUTION.

ARTICLE 1H. APPALACHIAN STATES LOW-LEVEL RADIOACTIVE WASTE COMPACT.

ARTICLE 1I. VOLUNTARY VETERANS MEMORIAL CHECK-OFF PROGRAM.

ARTICLE 1J. JENNINGS RANDOLPH LAKE PROJECT COMPACT.

ARTICLE 2. GEODETIC AND GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.

ARTICLE 2A. STATE AERONAUTICS COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 2B. WEATHER MODIFICATION.

ARTICLE 3. FIRE PREVENTION AND CONTROL ACT.

ARTICLE 3A. AUTHORITY OF LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS.

ARTICLE 3B. SUPERVISION OF ELECTRICIANS.

ARTICLE 3C. CERTIFICATION OF ELECTRICAL INSPECTORS.

ARTICLE 3D. SUPERVISION OF FIRE PROTECTION WORK.

ARTICLE 3E. FIREWORKS SAFETY.

ARTICLE 4. NOTARIES PUBLIC AND COMMISSIONERS.

ARTICLE 4A. DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WELFARE.

ARTICLE 5. BUREAU OF NEGRO WELFARE AND STATISTICS.

ARTICLE 5A. STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 6. CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 6A. GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE FOR STATE EMPLOYEES.

ARTICLE 7. POET LAUREATE.

ARTICLE 8. BLENNERHASSETT ISLAND HISTORICAL STATE PARK COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 9. INDUSTRIAL AND PUBLICITY COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 10. STATE PLANNING BOARD.

ARTICLE 11. SURPLUS PROPERTY AGENCY.

ARTICLE 12. STATE INSURANCE.

ARTICLE 12A. GOVERNMENTAL TORT CLAIMS AND INSURANCE REFORM ACT.

ARTICLE 12B. WEST VIRGINIA HEALTH CARE PROVIDER PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY INSURANCE AVAILABILITY ACT.

ARTICLE 12C. PATIENT INJURY COMPENSATION PLAN.

ARTICLE 12D. WEST VIRGINIA PATIENT INJURY COMPENSATION FUND.

ARTICLE 13. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGENCY.

ARTICLE 14. STATE COMMISSION ON AGING.

ARTICLE 15. STATE COMMISSION ON INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY.

ARTICLE 16. DEPARTMENT OF PERSONNEL.

ARTICLE 17. THE WEST VIRGINIA ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL.

ARTICLE 18. WEST VIRGINIA STATE RAIL AUTHORITY.

ARTICLE 19. SOLICITATION OF CHARITABLE FUNDS ACT.

ARTICLE 20. WOMEN\'S COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 21. PUBLIC DEFENDER SERVICES.

ARTICLE 22. STATE LOTTERY ACT.

ARTICLE 22A. RACETRACK VIDEO LOTTERY.

ARTICLE 22B. LIMITED VIDEO LOTTERY.

ARTICLE 22C. WEST VIRGINIA LOTTERY RACETRACK TABLE GAMES ACT.

ARTICLE 22D. WEST VIRGINIA LOTTERY SPORTS WAGERING ACT.

ARTICLE 22E. WEST VIRGINIA LOTTERY INTERACTIVE WAGERING ACT.

ARTICLE 23. WEST VIRGINIA BOUNDARY COMMISSION.

ARTICLE 24. TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE REVOLVING LOAN FUND FOR INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES ACT.

ARTICLE 25. AUTHORIZED GAMING FACILITY.

ARTICLE 26. WEST VIRGINIA COURTHOUSE FACILITIES IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY.

ARTICLE 27. NATIONAL COAL HERITAGE AREA AUTHORITY.

ARTICLE 28. COAL HERITAGE HIGHWAY AUTHORITY.

ARTICLE 29. VOLUNTEER FOR NONPROFIT YOUTH ORGANIZATIONS ACT.

ARTICLE 30. EMERGENCY VOLUNTEER HEALTH PRACTITIONERS ACT.

ARTICLE 31. STATE RESILIENCY AND FLOOD PROTECTION PLAN ACT.

ARTICLE 32. MEDALS OF VALOR.

§29-32-1. Medal of Valor.

(a) There is hereby established a Medal of Valor to be awarded to firefighters, law-enforcement officers, and emergency medical services personnel who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty in the performance of their duties.

(b) A Medal of Valor can only be awarded in the manner set forth in this article.

§29-32-2. Firefighters Honor Board.

(a) The Firefighters Honor Board is hereby established as an advisory board to the Legislature. The purpose of the board is to recommend to the Legislature, firefighters in West Virginia who have distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty in the performance of their duties, to be awarded a Medal of Valor.

(b) Board membership. —

(1) The board shall consist of two members from each of the state’s senatorial districts. Each state senator shall appoint one member representing his or her district.

(2) The board shall be composed of firefighters, fire chiefs, and other professionals who are qualified to evaluate and determine whether the actions of firefighters rise to the level of being above and beyond the call of duty.

(3) Members shall serve a one-year term and shall serve without compensation.

(c) The board may consider candidates for the Medal of Valor who are identified by members of the board or by other citizens, and may design a system for the receipt of those recommendations.

(d) The board shall review identified individuals to determine if those firefighters have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their professional capacities. Upon determination that a firefighter is worthy of this honor, the board shall submit the nomination to the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate for consideration by the Legislature.

§29-32-3. Law Enforcement Officers Honor Board.

(a) The Law Enforcement Officers Honor Board is hereby established as an advisory board to the Legislature. The purpose of the board is to recommend to the Legislature, law enforcement officers in West Virginia who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty in the performance of their duties, to be awarded a Medal of Valor.

(b) Board membership. —

(1) The board shall consist of two members from each of the state’s senatorial districts. Each state senator shall appoint one member representing his or her district.

(2) The board shall be composed of law enforcement officials, such as sheriffs and police chiefs, and other professionals who are qualified to evaluate and determine whether the actions of law enforcement officers rise to the level of being above and beyond the call of duty.

(3) Members shall serve a one-year term and shall serve without compensation.

(c) The board may consider candidates for the Medal of Valor who are identified by members of the board or by other citizens, and may design a system for the receipt of those recommendations.

(d) The board shall review identified individuals to determine if those law enforcement officers have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their professional capacities. Upon determination that a law enforcement officer is worthy of this honor, the board shall submit the nomination to the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate for consideration by the Legislature.

§29-32-4. Emergency Medical Services Honor Board.

(a) The Emergency Medical Services Honor Board is hereby established as an advisory board to the Legislature. The purpose of the board is to recommend to the Legislature, emergency medical services personnel in West Virginia who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of their lives above and beyond the call of duty in the performance of their duties, to be awarded a Medal of Valor.

(b) Board membership. —

(1) The board shall consist of two members from each of the state’s senatorial districts. Each state senator shall appoint one member representing his or her district.

(2) The board shall be composed of emergency medical services personnel, medical officials, doctors, and other professionals who are qualified to evaluate and determine whether the actions of emergency medical services personnel rise to the level of being above and beyond the call of duty.

(3) Members shall serve a one-year term and shall serve without compensation.

(c) The board may consider candidates for the Medal of Valor who are identified by members of the board or by other citizens, and may design a system for the receipt of those recommendations.

(d) The board shall review identified individuals to determine if those emergency medical services personnel have gone above and beyond the call of duty in their professional capacities. Upon determination that an emergency medical services provider is worthy of this honor, the board shall submit the nomination to the Speaker of the House of Delegates and the President of the Senate for consideration by the Legislature.

§29-32-5. Awarding of the Medal of Valor.

(a) The Legislature may act on a nomination from one of the Honor Boards established by this article by passing a concurrent resolution.

(b) Upon nomination by the Firefighters Honor Board, and adoption of a concurrent resolution by the Legislature, the Governor shall bestow the Medal of Valor for Firefighters upon the nominee.

(c) Upon nomination by the Law Enforcement Officers Honor Board, and adoption of a concurrent resolution by the Legislature, the Governor shall bestow the Medal of Valor for Law Enforcement Officers upon the nominee.

(d) Upon nomination by the Emergency Medical Services Honor Board, and adoption of a concurrent resolution by the Legislature, the Governor shall bestow the Medal of Valor for Emergency Medical Services personnel upon the nominee.

(e) The West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History shall create the designs for the Medal of Valor for Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers, and Emergency Medical Services personnel.

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