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Senate Bill No. 479

(By Senator Hunter)


[Introduced March 7, 2005; referred to the Committee

on the Judiciary.]


A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §6-7-1a, relating to permitting certain appointed and elected officers and employees of the state to waive their salaries; limiting the applicability of the waiver; setting forth methodology of waiver; and other provisions as to waiver of salary.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated
§6-7-1a , to read as follows:
§6-7-1a. Waiver of salary by elected or appointed state officials, officers and employees.

Any appointed or elected, full-time or part-time salaried or hourly official, officer or employee of the state who is receiving public or private retirement compensation or retirement benefit that would be reduced or lost if he or she accepted a salary or compensation paid by the state, may waive all or part of the compensation for that office or position. The waiver, which may be revocable, shall be in writing and signed by the person waiving the salary or wages, notarized and filed with the Secretary of State.
If an elected public official desires to waive the salary of the elected office, the waiver may only be made after the person has been elected to office and the results of the election to office have been certified by the Secretary of State: Provided, That the waiver must be made prior to taking the oath of office.
Nothing contained in this section may be construed to allow any person campaigning for public office to state, promise or offer that if that person is elected that the person will waive the salary or other compensation of office. Although a person may waive the salary or compensation, that person shall be covered by workers' compensation pursuant to the provisions of chapter twenty-three of this code.

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to permit certain elected and appointed officers and state employees to waive their salaries.

This section is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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