HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 72
(By Delegates E. Nelson, Ambler, Andes, Butler, Canterbury, Ellington, Evans, D., Gearheart, Hartman, Householder, Lane, McCuskey, Miller, Raines, Sobonya, Storch and Sumner)
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the impact of consolidating certain constitutional offices, including the Treasurer and Auditor.
Whereas, The State of West Virginia has, in addition to the Governor, five additional elected offices in its Board of Public Works; and
Whereas, These offices were established many years ago and the need for and scope of the powers and duties of such offices merits review on a periodic basis; and
Whereas, Significant savings to the citizenry may be realized from combining or reassigning the powers and duties of these offices and, in some cases, possibly by consolidating the offices themselves; and
Whereas, It behooves this body to act in every expedient manner to save the taxpayer moneys which would otherwise be better expended; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study the impact of combining the offices of Treasurer and Auditor into a single elected office, the savings to be realized by this and issues arising from it; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the committee consider the impact of eliminating the offices of Treasurer and Auditor and providing the services currently provided by these offices by other agencies of the executive branch; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the committee consider the impact of eliminating the office of Auditor and replacing it with a legislative audit office under joint control of a committee comprised of equal numbers of members of each political party in the Legislature and of equal numbers from each house of the Legislature; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the committee consider all information or documentation as the committee requests in order to achieve the goals of this resolution; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Committee 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.