H. B. 2807
(By Delegates Campbell, Barker, Beach, Miley,
Varner, Andes, Cann, Ferro and Canterbury)
[Originating in theCommittee on Government Organization.]
(March 26, 2009)
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new article, designated §5A-6B-1, §5A-6B-2,
§5A-6B-3, §5A-6B-4 and §5A-6B-5, all relating to the West
Virginia Geographical Information System.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new article, designated §5A-6B-1, §5A-6B-2,
§5A-6B-3, §5A-6B-4 and §5A-6B-5, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 6B. WEST VIRGINIA GEOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION SYSTEM.
(a) The Legislature finds that computerized geographical
information systems technology and the management and sharing of
information about the state's natural and cultural resources is
essential to finding practical solutions to good, efficient and
(b) The Legislature further finds that Executive Order 4-93
(1) The West Virginia Geographical Information System Policy Council to oversee the implementation of the State GIS Development
(2) The appointment of the State GIS Coordinator;
(3) The appointment of a steering committee to coordinate the
technical aspects of the plan;
(4) The development of a GIS Users Group to educate, train and
exchange information among GIS users; and
(5) The creation of a GIS Technical Center in cooperation with
West Virginia University.
(a) "Chief Technology Officer" means the person defined in
article six, chapter five-a of this code.
(b) "Geological and Economic Survey" means the entity provided
for in article two, chapter twenty-nine of this code.
(c) "Geospatial" means a combination of spatial software and
analytical methods of terrestrial or geographic datasets.
(d) "GIS Plan" means the Geographical Information System Plan.
(e) "GIS Technical Center" means the State GIS Technical
Center in the Department of Geology and Geography at West Virginia
(f) "GIS Users Group" includes the West Virginia Association
of Geospatial Professional and other groups or individuals that
educate, train and exchange information among GIS users.
§5A-6B-3. Development of GIS Plan; report to Governor and
(a) The following offices, individuals and groups of
individuals are recognized to assist the development of the State
Geographic Information System Plan:
(1) The Chief Technology Officer;
(2) The Office of the State GIS Coordinator;
(3) The Office of the State Geological and Economic Survey;
(4) The West Virginia Geographical System Information Policy
(5) GIS Users Groups including, but not limited to, the Nick
J. Rahall Appalachian Transportation Institute at Marshall
University and the West Virginia Association of Geospatial
(b) The State GIS Coordinator shall submit electronic annual
reports to the Governor and all members of the Legislature, on the
organizational design and administrative development and
implementation of the plan, including database development; system
and application development; system utilization, marketing and
coordination with outside organizations; utility infrastructure
mapping; inventory of assets; technology improvement initiatives;
reports of workgroups; and budget and funding strategies for state
and local governments.
§5A-6B-4. Security of government information.
The Chief Technology Officer shall ensure the security of all
government information and the data communications infrastructure
from unauthorized uses, intrusions or other security threats.
§5A-6B-5. Legislative rulemaking authority.
The Statewide GIS Coordinator in consultation with the Chief
Technology Officer shall propose rules for legislative approval, in
accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-
nine-a of this code, to effectuate the provisions of this article.