Senate Bill 131 History
Senate Bill No. 131
(By Senators Unger and Williams)
[Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the Committee on
Military; and then to the Committee on Finance .]
A BILL to amend and reenact §
of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to retaining current West Virginia
National Guard firefighters; and allowing certain National
Guard firefighters to become civilian firefighters with the
West Virginia National Guard.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1B. NATIONAL GUARD.
§15-1B-26. Firefighters and security guards to be members of the
(a) Only firefighters and security guards who are members of
the West Virginia National Guard may be employed by the Adjutant
General as firefighters and security guards: Provided, That any person employed as a firefighter on the effective date of this
section who is not a member of the West Virginia Air National Guard
may continue to be employed as a firefighter: Provided, however,
That no person who is not employed on the effective date of this
section as a firefighter and who is not a member of the West
Virginia Air National Guard may be employed as a firefighter for
the West Virginia Air National Guard.
(b) Any firefighter employed by the West Virginia Air National
Guard who, after six years of military service with the West
Virginia Air National Guard, chooses not to reenlist may continue
his or her duties as a civilian firefighter under the authority of
the West Virginia Air National Guard. Any such military
firefighter transferring to civilian firefighter status shall
retain his or her rank, salary and benefits and shall be afforded
all of the rights and privileges commensurate with that status.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to
allow West Virginia
National Guard firefighters to become civilian firefighters for the
West Virginia Air National Guard.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would