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H. B. 2116


(By Delegate Wakim)
[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 article, designated §4-13-1, §4-13-2 and §4-13-3, all relating to the creation of a Joint Legislative Committee on Technology and Security.

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 §4-13-1, §4-13-2 and §4-13-3, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 13. JOINT LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEE ON TECHNOLOGY AND SECURITY.

§4-13-1. Joint Legislative Committee on Technology and Security; membership; compensation and expenses; meetings.

(a) There is created the Joint Legislative Committee on Technology and Security. The Committee is composed of five members of the Senate, to be appointed by the President, no more than three of whom shall be appointed from the same political party and five members of the House of Delegates, to be appointed by the Speaker, no more than three of whom may be appointed from the same political party. In the event the membership of a political party is less than fifteen percent in the House of Delegates or Senate, the membership of that political party from the legislative house with less than fifteen percent membership may be one from that house. The speaker shall designate one of the appointed members of the House of Delegates cochairperson. The President shall designate one of the appointed members of the Senate cochairperson.
(b) Members of the Committee serve two-year terms and may be reappointed to serve an unlimited number of terms. Members serve until their successors are appointed.
(c) Compensation and reimbursement for expenses for members of the committee is determined pursuant to sections five and seven, article two-a of this chapter. Compensation and expenses shall be paid from an appropriation to be made expressly for the Committee, but if no appropriation is made or the total amount appropriated has been expended, the compensation and expenses shall be paid from amounts appropriated to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance, but no expense of any kind whatever payable from amounts appropriated to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance may be incurred unless first approved by the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
(d) The Committee shall meet upon call of the cochairpersons or either of them and may meet at any time, both during sessions of the Legislature and in the interim.
§4-13-2. Responsibilities of the Committee.

The Committee shall generally study all aspects of technology, science and security and endeavor to stimulate, encourage, promote and assist in the development of technology, science and security in the State and sound public policies related to technology, science and security. In addition, the Committee shall:
(1) Evaluate the impact of existing statutes and proposed legislation related to technology, science and security in the State;
(2) Advise the Legislature, Governor, agencies, authorities and institutions of the State upon matters related to technology, science and security;
(3) Investigate, research and consider issues related to technology, science and security, including internet security, encryption, decryption and biometrics or personal identification, as may be requested by the Legislature or determined by the Committee;
(4) Make recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor;
(5) Consult with appropriate entities, public or private, on matters related to technology, science and security under the Committee's consideration;
(6) Encourage research and development in technology, science and security;
(7) Solicit input from appropriate entities, public or private, on issues related to technology, science and security;
(8) Coordinate its efforts with and assist the efforts of other agencies, authorities and institutions of the State; and
(9) Annually report its findings and recommendations to the Legislature and Governor.
§4-13-3. Advisory committees.
The Committee may establish advisory committees composed of persons with expertise in the matters under consideration by the Committee. Members of advisory committees serve without compensation, but are entitled to be reimbursed from funds appropriated or otherwise available to the Committee for reasonable and necessary expenses, including mileage, incurred in the performance of their duties.


NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create a Joint Legislative Committee on Technology and Security.

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