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Introduced Version House Bill 3042 History

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H. B. 3042


(By Delegates Frich, Sobonya and Howard)
[Introduced March 15, 2005; referred to the
Committee on Education then Finance.]




A BILL to amend and reenact §18B-1A-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to clarifying the Legislature's goals with respect to financing higher education.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §18B-1A-4 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1A. COMPACT WITH HIGHER EDUCATION FOR THE FUTURE OF WEST VIRGINIA.

§18B-1A-4. Legislative financing goals.
(a) The Legislature recognizes that the higher education goals set forth in section one-a, article one of this chapter are of utmost importance. The Legislature further recognizes that meeting the goals may require the appropriation of funds above the current operating budgets of the institutions.
(b) It is Therefore, the desire of the Legislature to shall increase funding annually for higher education at a rate not less than the annual percentage increase in the overall general revenue budget.
(c) If the Commission or Council, or both, determines that appropriations are insufficient to fund the requirements of the institutional compacts under its jurisdiction, the Commission or Council first shall consider extending the length of the compacts or otherwise modifying the compacts to allow the institutions to achieve the benchmarks in the compacts. If modifications to the institutional compacts are not sufficient to allow the institutions to meet their benchmarks, the Commission or Council, or both, shall recommend to the Legislature methods of making the higher education system more efficient. The methods may include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) Administrative efficiencies;
(2) Consolidation of services;
(3) Elimination of programs;
(4) Consolidating institutions; and
(5) Closing institutions.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to clarify the Legislature's goals with respect to financing higher education.

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