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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 45 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 45

(By Senators Tucker, Fitzsimmons, Chafin, Facemire, D. Hall, Jenkins, McCabe, Palumbo, Prezioso, Nohe and Walters)

 

[Originating in the Committee on Banking and Insurance]

 

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study future legislation relating to the financial solvency of volunteer and part-volunteer fire companies and departments throughout the State of West Virginia.

    Whereas, In most areas of West Virginia, the citizens are dependent on their local volunteer or part-volunteer fire companies or departments for residential and commercial building fire protection; and

    Whereas, Many of these volunteer or part-volunteer fire companies or departments are experiencing significant financial difficulties in paying for their operating costs, including truck fuel, personal protective equipment, educational and training supplies, replacement equipment, uniforms and vehicles and other authorized expenditures as described in section eight-b, article fifteen, chapter eight of the code; and

    Whereas, Many of these volunteer or part-volunteer fire companies or departments are experiencing significant financial difficulties in paying for the departments’ workers’ compensation premiums and workers’ compensation coverage is required for certification by the State Fire Marshal; and

    Whereas, The additional revenues provided to these volunteer or part-volunteer fire companies or departments by the policy surcharge authorized by section thirty-three, article three, chapter thirty-three of the code, is reported to be insufficient to adequately support the maintenance of these fire companies or departments; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study future legislation relating to the financial solvency of volunteer and part-volunteer fire companies and departments throughout the State of West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2014, 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.

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