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H. B. 3153


         (By Delegate Manypenny)

         [Introduced March 25, 2013; referred to the

         Committee on the Judiciary then Finance.]





A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new article, designated §22-15B-1 and §22-15B-2, all relating to retailer electronic waste collection; definitions; and the responsibilities of retailers engaged in the sale of covered electronic equipment.

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 §22-15B-1 and §22-15B-2, all to read as follows:


§22-15B-1. Definitions.

    As used in this article:

    (a) "Cathode ray tube" means a vacuum tube or picture tube used to convert an electronic signal into a visual image;

    (b) "Computer" means an electronic, magnetic, optical, electrochemical or other high-speed data processing device performing a logical, arithmetic or storage function, including a laptop computer and desktop computer, and includes any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into the product, and may include both a computer central processing unit and a monitor; but the term does not include an automated typewriter or typesetter, a portable hand-held calculator, a portable digital assistant, server or other similar device;

    (c) "Computer peripheral" means a monitor, electronic keyboard, electronic mouse or similar pointing device, facsimile machine, document scanner or printer intended for use with a computer and includes any cable, cord or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into any such product. Computer peripheral does not include any document scanner or printer which weighs one hundred pounds or more;

    (d) "Consumer" means a person located in the state who owns or uses covered electronic equipment, including, but not limited to, an individual, a business, corporation, limited partnership, not-for-profit corporation, the state, a public corporation, public school, school district, private or parochial school or board of cooperative educational services or governmental entity, but does not include an entity involved in a wholesale transaction between a distributor and retailer;

    (e) "Covered electronic equipment" means a computer, computer peripheral, small electronic equipment, small-scale server, cathode ray tube or television, as defined in this section. "Covered electronic equipment" does not include any motor vehicle or any part thereof, camera or video camera, portable or stationary radio, household appliances such as clothes washers, clothes dryers, refrigerators, freezers, microwave ovens, ovens, ranges or dishwashers, equipment that is functionally or physically part of a larger piece of equipment intended for use in an industrial, research and development or commercial setting, security or anti-terrorism equipment, monitoring and control instrument or system, thermostat, hand-held transceiver, telephone of any type, portable digital assistant or similar device, calculator, a server other than a small-scale server, a cash register or retail self-checkout system, a stand-alone storage product intended for use in industrial, research and development or commercial settings, commercial medical equipment that contains within it a cathode ray tube, a flat panel display or similar video display device and is not separate from the larger piece of equipment or other medical devices as that term is defined under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act;

    (f) "Electronic waste" means covered electronic equipment that has been discarded or is no longer wanted by its owner or for any other reason enters the waste collection, recovery, treatment, processing or recycling system;

    (g) "Monitor" means a separate visual display component of a computer, whether sold separately or together with a computer central processing unit and includes a cathode ray tube, liquid crystal display, gas plasma, digital light processing or other image projection technology, greater than four inches when measured diagonally and its case, interior wires and circuitry and any cable cord or wiring permanently affixed thereto or incorporated into the product;

    (h) "Large Retailer" means a commercial enterprise or establishment, including a sole proprietorship, joint venture, partnership, corporation or other legally recognizable entity, whether for profit or not-for-profit, that:

    (1) Is a full-line, self-service retail store that sells new covered electronic equipment by any means directly to a consumer but does not include businesses that regularly lease, offers to lease or arranges for leasing of merchandise under a rental-purchase agreement;

    (2) Has annual sales of $5 million or more, not including sales of motor fuel; and

    (3) Has over seventy-five thousand square feet of retail space;

    (i) "Small electronic equipment" means any portable digital music player that has memory capability and is battery-powered, video cassette recorder, a digital video disc player, digital video recorder, digital converter box, cable or satellite receiver or electronic or video game console and includes any cable, cord or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into any such product;

    (j) "Small-scale server" means a computer that typically uses desktop components in a desktop form factor, but is designed primarily to be a storage host for other computers. To be considered a small-scale server, a computer must have the following characteristics: designed in a pedestal, tower or other form factor similar to those of desktop computers such that all data processing, storage and network interfacing is contained within one box or product; intended to be operational twenty four hours per day and seven days a week and unscheduled downtime is extremely low, such as on the order of hours per year; is capable of operating in a simultaneous multi-user environment serving several users through networked client units; and designed for an industry accepted operating system for home or low-end server applications; and

    (k) "Television" means a display system containing a cathode ray tube or any other type of display primarily intended to receive video programming via broadcast, cable or satellite transmission, having a viewable area greater than four inches when measured diagonally.

§22-15B-2. Retailer’s responsibilities.

    (a) Every retailer engaged in the sale of covered electronic equipment shall:

    (1) Accept, at no charge, electronic waste from any person during the normal business hours of the business; or

    (2) Offer to any person at no charge, the shipping of electronic waste to a recycling program conducted by the retailer.     (b) Information about such a program shall be readily available at such retailer locations and on its website.

    (c) Every retailer required to accept electronic waste pursuant to subsection (a) of this section shall conspicuously post a sign open to public view, clearly indicating that electronic waste is accepted. The signs may also state that electronic waste shall only be accepted during normal business hours, and may state the hours.

    (d) Every retailer required to accept electronic waste shall take reasonable steps to work with brand-owners of electronic products to ensure all electronic waste accepted pursuant to this section shall either be recycled, reused or disposed of in an environmentally sound manner by a recycler with a certification.

    (e) A large retailer may not offer covered electronics for sale in this state unless the retailer complies with the provisions of this article.

    NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to define the responsibilities of retailers engaged in the sale of covered electronic equipment for electronic waste collection. The bill also provides definitions.

    This article is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.

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