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Introduced Version Senate Concurrent Resolution 28 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 28

(By Senators Caruth, Yost, Oliverio, Wells, Green and Unger)


Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance study pay rates between mine inspectors, mine safety instructors, electrical inspectors and others employed by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, as well as the West Virginia Division of Mining and Reclamation, and those of similar regulatory programs in other states and the federal government.

Whereas, The various employees of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, as well as environmental inspectors employed by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection in the Division of Mining and Reclamation, perform functions that are important to ensure the safety of those who work in the mineral extraction industry within West Virginia; and
Whereas, The Division of Mining and Reclamation also performs critical inspections that are necessary to ensure protection of West Virginia's natural environment; and
Whereas, It is in the best interest of the State of West Virginia to ensure that all employees of the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training and the Division of Mining and Reclamation are properly compensated in the execution of their duties at rates comparable to those with similar positions in other states and with the federal government; and
Whereas, High employee turnover rates that may occur within the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training and the Division of Mining and Reclamation due to any disparity of pay rates with similar employee positions in other states and with the federal government may result in a regulatory staff within the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training and the Division of Mining and Reclamation that is inexperienced; and
Whereas, Replacing many of these employees could be extremely difficult with high turnover and the inability to attract qualified, experienced personnel to the agencies; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study pay rates between mine inspectors, mine safety instructors, electrical inspectors and others employed by the West Virginia Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training, as well as those employed by the Division of Mining and Reclamation, to those of similar regulatory programs in other states and the federal government; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, 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.
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