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Introduced Version House Bill 2096 History

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H. B. 2096


(By Delegate Louisos)

[Introduced February 9, 2005; referred to the

Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]





A BILL to amend the code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §20-2-23g , relating to the creation of a New River and Gauley River Citizens' Board to help resolve access issues to those rivers.

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 section, designated §20-2-23g, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WILDLIFE RESOURCES.

§20-2-23g. New River and Gauley River Citizens' Board.

(a) There is hereby created a New River and Gauley River Citizens' Board Commission within the Division of Natural Resources. The Board shall consist of the Director of the Division of Natural Resources or his or her designee who shall be an ex officio member; four sportsmen from the locality of the New River and Gauley River; three members representing businesses in the locality of the New River and Gauley River; two representatives of the whitewater business on the New River and Gauley River; all of whom are to be appointed by the Governor. All appointed members of the Board shall be citizens and residents of West Virginia. The Director of the Division of Natural Resources shall serve as chairperson of the commission. Of the nine members of the Board first appointed by the Governor, three shall be appointed for a term of one year, three for a term of two years and three for a term of three years. Thereafter, the terms of all appointed members of the Board are for three years. Members shall serve until their successors have been appointed and any vacancy in the office of a member shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term.
(b) The Board shall hear complaints and suggestions from citizens of the areas of the New River and Gauley River relating to access to the New River and Gauley River and communicate with the national park service in order to resolve these issues.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create a New River and Gauley River Citizens' Board to help resolve access issues to those rivers.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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