SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 59
(By Senators Laird, Edgell, Beach, Cookman, Facemire, Green, McCabe, Prezioso, Snyder, Williams, M. Hall, Nohe and Walters)
[Originating in the Committee on Natural Resources]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the laws, rules and regulations applying to electrical standards for boat docks and marinas to improve the safety of users in memory of Michael Cunningham.
Whereas, West Virginia is known for its beautiful and abundant waterways, lakes and rivers that attract tourists and boost the economy; and
Whereas, Waterways, lakes and rivers should be a safe place for children and families to enjoy; and
Whereas, There have been recent, unfortunate cases where children and adults have been injured and/or killed while swimming in water that was electrified by ungrounded and improper electrical connections to boat docks and marinas, including the death of Michael Cunningham; and
Whereas, Electricity and water create a deadly combination that can paralyze a swimmer and cause drowning; and
Whereas, Children are particularly vulnerable to electrocution and shock in the water; and
Whereas, Bringing boat docks and marinas up to the National Fire Protection Association and National Electric Code Standards for boat docks and marinas is necessary for the protection and safety of all those who enjoy West Virginia waterways, lakes and rivers; and
Whereas, The laws, rules and regulations applying to boat docks and marinas, and the rules, standards and training applicable to licensed electricians and electrical inspectors are complex and require further study to determine how best to implement the requisite changes to the code and rules; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the laws, rules and regulations applying to electrical standards for boat docks and marinas to improve the safety of users in memory of Michael Cunningham; 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.