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WEST virginia legislature

2022 regular session

Committee Substitute

for

House Bill 4067

By Delegate Summers

[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization on January 17, 2022]


 

A BILL to amend and reenact §5-11B-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend and reenact §5A-6C-4 of said code; to repeal §8-13C-13 of said code; to amend and reenact §12-7-12 of said code; to amend and reenact §14-2A-21 of said code; to amend and reenact §16-1-21 of said code; to amend and reenact §16-33-6 of said code; to repeal §16-41-6 of said code; to repeal §18-10L-7 of said code; to repeal §29-6-7a of said code; to repeal §22A-6-11 of said code; to repeal §22A-6-12 of said code; to repeal §22A-6-13 of said code; to amend and reenact §31-15A-17b of said code; to amend and reenact §31-18-24 of said code; and to repeal §33-25A-35 of said code; all relating to making certain agency reports electronic rather than in printed hard-copy form; and eliminating the reporting requirement entirely for those agencies whose reports are no longer needed or whose deadlines have passed with reports already submitted.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


CHAPTER 5. GENERAL POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL; BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS; MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES, COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PROGRAMS, ETC.

ARTICLE 11B. Pregnant workers fairness act.


§5-11B-7. Reports.

The Commission shall annually on October 1 of each year report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance on the number of complaints filed under this article during the previous year and their resolution. The report shall be transmitted to the members of the committee electronically. Further, the report shall be provided to the legislative librarian to be posted to the legislative website. No hard copy of the report shall be issued; however, a hard copy may be requested by a member and provided upon request.

CHAPTER 5A. DEPARTMENT OF ADMINISTRATION.

ARTICLE 6C. WEST VIRGINIA CYBER INCIDENT REPORTING.

§5A-6C-4. Cybersecurity Office annual report.


(a) On or before December 31 of each year, and when requested by the Legislature, the Cybersecurity Office shall provide a report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance containing the number and nature of incidents reported to it during the preceding calendar year. The report shall be transmitted to the members of the committee electronically and shall be sent to the legislative librarian to be posted on the legislative website. No hard copy of the report shall be issued; however, a hard copy may be requested by a member and provided upon request.

(b) The Cybersecurity Office shall also make recommendations, if any, on security standards or mitigation that should be adopted.


CHAPTER 8. MUNICIPAL CORPORATIONS.

ARTICLE 13C. MUNICIPAL TAX IN LIEU OF BUSINESS AND OCCUPATION TAX; AND MUNICIPAL TAXES APPLICABLE TO PENSION FUNDS; ADDITIONAL AUTHORITIES RELATING TO PENSIONS AND BOND ISSUANCE.

§8-13C-13. Study.


[Repealed.]

CHAPTER 12. PUBLIC MONEYS AND SECURITIES.

ARTICLE 7. JOBS INVESTMENT TRUST FUND.

§12-7-12. Reports of board; report of housing development fund.


(a) The board shall prepare annually, or more frequently if deemed necessary by the board, a report of its operations and the performance of the various investments administered by it. A copy thereof shall be furnished to the Governor, the President of the Senate, the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the Legislative Auditor and, upon request, to any legislative committee. Such report shall be kept available for inspection by any citizen of this state.

(b) The West Virginia housing development fund shall prepare annually and submit to the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Delegates, the Legislative Auditor and, upon request, any legislative committee, a report on the performance of the board and the quality of its investments for the preceding year.

(c) The report shall be transmitted to the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Delegates, the legislative auditor and, upon request, any legislative committee electronically. Further, the report shall be provided to the legislative librarian to be posted to the legislative website. No hard copy of the report shall be issued; however, a hard copy may be requested and provided upon request.

CHAPTER 14. claims due and against the state.

ARTICLE 2A. compensation awards to victims of crimes.

§14-2A-21. Annual report of West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission.


The West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission shall prepare and transmit annually to the Governor and the Legislature a report of the activities of the West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission under this article. The report shall include the number of claims filed, the number of awards made and the amount of each award, and a statistical summary of claims and awards made and denied; the balance in the Crime Victims Compensation Fund with a listing by source and amount of the moneys that have been deposited in the fund; the amount that has been withdrawn from the fund, including separate listings of the administrative costs incurred by the West Virginia Legislative Claims Commission, compensation of commissioners and commission personnel, the amount awarded as attorneys’ fees. The report shall be transmitted to the Governor and members of the Legislature electronically. Further, the report shall be provided to the legislative librarian to be posted to the legislative website. No hard copy of the report shall be issued; however, a hard copy may be requested and provided upon request.


CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.

ARTICLE 1. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM.

§16-1-21. Creation of Diabetes Action Plan.

[Repealed]

ARTICLE 33. breast and cervical canceR prevention and control act.


§16-33-6. Annual report.

The director shall submit an annual report to the Governor and the Legislature concerning the operation of the breast and cervical cancer detection and education program including available data and assessment. Such report shall also include any recommendations for additional action to respond to the high incidence of breast and cervical cancer in this state. The plan shall be transmitted to Governor and members of the Legislature electronically. Further, the report shall be provided to the legislative librarian to be posted to the legislative website. No hard copy of the report shall be issued; however, a hard copy may be requested and provided upon request.


ARTICLE 41. oral health improvement act.


§16-41-6. Reporting requirements.

[Repealed.]


CHAPTER 18. EDUCATION.

ARTICLE 10L. RON YOST PERSONAL ASSISTANCE SERVICES ACT.


§18-10L-7. Report.

[Repealed.]

CHAPTER 22A. MINERS’ HEALTH, SAFETY AND TRAINING.

ARTICLE 6. BOARD OF COAL MINE HEALTH AND SAFETY.

§22A-6-11. Study of methane detecting shut off devices.


[Repealed.]

§22A-6-12. Study of whistleblower protections.


[Repealed.]



CHAPTER 29. MISCELLANEOUS BOARDS AND OFFICERS.

ARTICLE 6. CIVIL SERVICE SYSTEM.

§29-6-7a. Report on a centralized personnel system.

[Repealed.]


Chapter 31. Corporations.

ARTICLE 15A. WEST VIRGINIA INFRASTRUCTURE AND JOBS DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL.

§31-15A-17b. Infrastructure lottery revenue bonds for watershed compliance projects.

(a)(1) The Chesapeake Bay has been identified as an impaired water body due to excessive nutrients entering the bay from various sources in six states, including wastewater facilities in West Virginia. To restore the Chesapeake Bay, the states have agreed to reduce their respective nutrient contributions to the Chesapeake Bay.

(2) The Greenbrier River Watershed in southeastern West Virginia which encompasses approximately 1,646 square miles, the majority of which lies within Pocahontas, Greenbrier, Monroe and Summers counties, has been identified as an impaired water body due to excessive levels of fecal coliform and phosphorus entering the watershed from various sources, including wastewater facilities in West Virginia. To restore the Greenbrier River Watershed, the state agrees to reduce the fecal coliform and phosphorus contributions to the Greenbrier River Watershed.

(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the Water Development Authority may issue, in accordance with the provisions of section seventeen of this article, infrastructure lottery revenue bonds payable from the West Virginia Infrastructure Lottery Revenue Debt Service Fund created by section nine of this article and such other sources as may be legally pledged for such purposes other than the West Virginia Infrastructure Revenue Debt Service Fund created by section seventeen of this article.

(c) The council shall direct the Water Development Authority to issue bonds in one or more series when it has approved Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance projects and Greenbrier River watershed compliance projects with an authorized permitted flow of four hundred thousand gallons per day or more. The proceeds of the bonds shall be used solely to pay costs of issuance, fund a debt service reserve account, capitalize interest, pay for security instruments necessary to market the bonds and to make grants to governmental instrumentalities of the state for the construction of approved Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance projects and Greenbrier River watershed compliance projects. To the extent funds are available in the West Virginia Infrastructure Lottery Revenue Debt Service Fund that are not needed for debt service, the council may direct the Water Development Authority to make grants to project sponsors for the design or construction of approved Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance projects and Greenbrier River watershed compliance projects: Provided, That the council shall direct the Water Development Authority to provide from moneys in the Lottery Revenue Debt Service Fund not needed to pay debt service in fiscal year 2013 a grant of $6 million to a Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance project which opened bids on December 28, 2011, and further provided that such Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance project shall receive no further grant funding under this section after receipt of the $6 million grant.

(d) No later than June 30, 2012, each publicly owned facility with an authorized permitted flow of four hundred thousand gallons per day or more that is subject to meeting Chesapeake Bay compliance standards or Greenbrier River watershed compliance standards shall submit to the council a ten-year projected capital funding plan for Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance projects or Greenbrier River watershed compliance projects, as the case may be, including a general project description, cost estimate and estimated or actual project start date and project completion date, if any. The council shall timely review the submitted capital funding plans and forward approved plans to the Water Development Authority for further processing and implementation pursuant to this article. If the council finds a plan to be incomplete, inadequate or otherwise problematic, it shall return the plan to the applicant with comment on the plan shortcomings. The applicant may then resubmit to council an amended capital funding plan for further consideration pursuant to the terms of this subsection.

(e) Upon approval, each proposed Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance project or Greenbrier River watershed compliance project, or portion of a larger project, which portion is dedicated to compliance with nutrient standards, or fecal coliform and phosphorus standards, established for the protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay or the Greenbrier River watershed, as the case may be, shall be eligible for grant funding by funds generated by the infrastructure lottery revenue bonds described in subsection (b) of this section. At the request of the applicant, the remaining percentage of project funding not otherwise funded by grant under the provisions of this article may be reviewed as a standard project funding application.

(f) No later than December 1, 2012, the Water Development Authority shall report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance the total cost of Chesapeake Bay watershed compliance projects and the Greenbrier River watershed compliance projects and the proposed grant awards for each eligible project. From the proceeds of bonds issued under subsection (b) of this section, the council shall direct the Water Development Authority to make grants to eligible projects ready to proceed to construction and those grant awards shall be pro rated to an equal percentage of total eligible costs among all applicants for each eligible project as certified by the Water Development Authority in its report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance dated November 26, 2012: Provided, That the final project, and its financing, is consistent with the scope of the eligible project included in the council’s approval on December 5, 2012

(g) (f) Eligible projects that have obtained project financing prior to December 31, 2012, may apply to the council for funding under the provisions of this section. These applications shall be processed and considered as all other eligible projects, and a grant funding awarded shall, to the extent allowed by law, be dedicated to prepay all or a portion of debt previously incurred by governmental instrumentalities of the state for required Chesapeake Bay nutrient removal projects or Greenbrier River watershed fecal coliform and phosphorus removal projects, subject to the bond covenants and contractual obligations of the borrowing governmental entity. However, any private portion of funding provided by agreement between a political subdivision and one or more private entities, either by direct capital investment or debt service obligation, shall not be eligible for grant funding under the provisions of this article.

ARTICLE 18. WEST VIRGINIA HOUSING DEVELOPMENT FUND.

§31-18-24. Annual audit; reports to Joint Committee on Government and Finance; information to joint committee or legislative auditor.


The Housing Development Fund shall cause an annual audit to be made by an independent certified public accountant of its books, accounts, and records, with respect to its receipts, disbursements, contracts, mortgages, leases, assignments, loans, and all other matters relating to its financial operations, including those of the Operating Loan Fund, the Land Development Fund, and the Mortgage Finance Bond Insurance Fund. The person performing such audit shall furnish copies of the audit report to the commissioner of finance and administration, where they shall be placed on file and made available for inspection by the general public. The person performing such audit shall also furnish copies of the audit report to the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the President of the Senate, and the majority and minority leaders of both houses. The plan shall be transmitted to the Speaker of the House of Delegates, the President of the Senate, and the majority and minority leaders of both houses electronically. Further, the report shall be provided to the legislative librarian to be posted to the legislative website. No hard copy of the report shall be issued; however, a hard copy may be requested and provided upon request.

In addition to the foregoing annual audit report, the Housing Development Fund shall also render every six months to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance a report setting forth in detail a complete analysis of the activities, indebtedness, receipts, and financial affairs of such fund and the Operating Loan Fund, the Land Development Fund, Affordable Housing Fund, and the Mortgage Finance Bond Insurance Fund. Upon demand, the Housing Development Fund shall also submit to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance or the Legislative Auditor any other information requested by such committee or the Legislative Auditor. The report shall be available electronically only, and no hard copy of the report shall be issued; however, a hard copy may be requested and provided upon request.

CHAPTER 33.  INSURANCE.

ARTICLE 25A. HEALTH MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATION ACT.

§33-25A-35. Rural health maintenance organizations.


[Repealed.]


 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to make electronic certain agency reports rather than in hard copy form or eliminating the reporting requirement for those agencies altogether.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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