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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee House Concurrent Resolution 159 History

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HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO –159

(By Delegates M. Poling, Stowers, Barill, Campbell,

Fragale, Lawrence, Perry, Pethtel, Tomblin, Walker, Westfall,

Williams, Young, Pasdon, Ambler, Butler, Cooper, Espinosa,

Evans, Hamrick, Rowan and Sumner)

[Originating in the Committee on Education]

(April 11, 2013)

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study regarding higher education governance and capital projects and facilities in West Virginia.

    Whereas, The Legislature very recently conducted an exhaustive study regarding the capital projects and facilities needs in West Virginia; and

    Whereas, The Legislature developed and codified a comprehensive, system-wide and state-wide system for capital development; and

    Whereas, The state system of higher education recently has experienced significant development and expansion in the areas of capital construction and improvements; and

    Whereas, A study is needed regarding the adherence of institutions to the current laws governing capital planning and development; and

    Whereas, A study is needed regarding whether any amendments to the established planning and development system are necessary or beneficial; and

    Whereas, A study is needed regarding the impact of the dual authority of governing boards and the commission or council, as appropriate, over state institutions of higher education;

    Whereas, A study is needed regarding the impact of commission and council oversight of and approval authority over institutions and their capital projects; and

    Whereas, A study is needed regarding the impact of public-private partnerships in higher education capital projects and facilities, including the ability of an institution to avoid application of state laws governing public contracts; and

    Whereas, A study is needed regarding the effect of institutions avoiding state laws regarding capital development by combining smaller projects for which commission or council approval is not required to form a larger project which would require commission or council approval if regarded in total; and therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to conduct a study regarding higher education governance and capital projects and facilities in West Virginia; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the Legislature, on the first day of the regular session, 2014, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations together with drafts of any legislation 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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