Senate Bill No. 473
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Burnette,
Jackson, Kessler, Minard, Redd, Rowe
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported January 31, 2002.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section two, article one, chapter nine-
a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended; and to further amend said article by
adding thereto a new section, designated section two-a, all
relating to continuing the veterans' council.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section two, article one, chapter nine-a of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended and reenacted; and that said article be further amended by
adding thereto a new section, designated section two-a, all to read
ARTICLE 1. DIVISION OF VETERANS' AFFAIRS.
§9A-1-2. Veterans' council; administration of division.
There shall be a "veterans' council" which shall consist of
seven members who shall be citizens and residents of this state who
have served in and been honorably discharged or separated under
honorable conditions from the armed forces of the United States and
whose service was within a time of war as defined by the laws of
the United States, either Public Law No. 2 -- 73rd Congress or
Public Law No. 346 -- 78th Congress, and any and all amendments
thereto. At least one member of the council shall be a veteran of
World War II, at least one member of the council shall be a veteran
of the Korean Conflict and at least two members of the council
shall be veterans of the Vietnam era. The members of the veterans'
council shall be selected with special reference to their ability
and fitness to effectuate the purposes of this article.
After having conducted a preliminary performance review
through its joint committee on government operations, pursuant to
article ten, chapter four of this code, the Legislature hereby
finds and declares that the veterans' council should be continued
and reestablished. Accordingly, notwithstanding the provisions of
article ten, chapter four of this code, the veterans' council shall
continue to exist until the first day of July, two thousand.
The West Virginia division of veterans' affairs shall be
administered by a director and such veterans' affairs officers,
assistants and employees as may be deemed advisable.
§9A-1-2a. Continuation of council.
The veterans' council is continued until the first day of
July, two thousand four, pursuant to the provisions of article ten,
chapter four of this code, unless sooner terminated, continued or
reestablished pursuant to the provisions of that article.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to continue the veterans
council until July 1, 2004, pursuant to the provisions of the West
Virginia sunset law. This bill is recommended by the joint
committee on government operations for passage during the 2002
regular session of the Legislature.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would
be added. Section two-a is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.)