HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 115
(By Delegates Howell, C. Martin, Angelucci, Azinger, Barnhart, Hamrick, Hansen, Hanna, Hicks, Hott, D. Jeffries, J. Jeffries, Jennings, Little, Pyles, Staggers, Sypolt, Tomblin, Walker, and Wilson)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization; Reported February 24, 2020 ]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study of the feasibility of a single building to house all occupational and professional regulatory boards.
Whereas, Boards and commissions regulating various professions and occupations pursuant to Chapter 30 of the West Virginia Code, have been encouraged to reduce costs and have been granted specific permissive authority to share staff and office overhead, to promote public safety, to provide accessibility of the public and to reduce costs; and
Whereas, Smaller state licensing boards have joined together through a memorandum of understanding to combine office and staffing services, and other boards have been proposed to merge further promoting efficiencies, increasing public access, and improving public safety through the continuity of services; and
Whereas, Several other states, including Florida, Maine, Texas and Utah, have experience in centralized professional and occupational offices, from which this state could identify best practices in shared office services for occupational and professional regulation, including any problems with consolidation that can be avoided; and
Whereas, West Virginia should consider identifying a single building in Charleston to house the occupational and professional regulatory boards, to facilitate the consolidation of staffing functions to promote public access to regulatory services, to further ensure efficiencies and economies of scale in occupational and professional regulation; therefore be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study of the feasibility of a single building to house all occupational and professional regulatory boards; and, be it
Further Resolved, that the Chapter 30 Boards and Commissions, and the Real Estate Division within the Department of Administration, shall cooperate with the Legislature in the conduct of this study; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Regular Session of the Legislature, 2021, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.