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Introduced Version - Originating in Committee Senate Concurrent Resolution 82 History

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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 82

(By Senators Prezioso, D. Facemire, Plymale, Unger, Edgell, McCabe, Laird, Wells, Green, Chafin, Yost, Helmick, Stollings, Miller, Hall, Boley and Sypolt)

[Originating in the Committee on Finance]

 

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on the creation of a Fiscal and Policy Division under the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

    Whereas, The Legislature, in order to function as a coequal branch of government, seeks to emphasize the need to obtain accurate information regarding the fiscal impact and policy implications of proposed legislation it considers; and

    Whereas, In order to obtain fiscal information on proposed legislation, the Legislature is, at present, dependent upon executive branch agencies and affected interest groups; and

    Whereas, Establishing a Fiscal and Policy Division under the Joint Committee on Government and Finance would assist legislators in obtaining unbiased and comprehensive fiscal notes on proposed legislation; and

    Whereas, A comparative study of other states’ Finance Committee staff and responsibilities can help determine if the Fiscal and Policy Division is better suited to be located at the Finance Committee level; and

    Whereas, A Fiscal and Policy Division under the legislative branch of government would make recommendations to the Legislature and committees with respect to the budget; and

    Whereas, A Fiscal and Policy Division would make continuous short and long range studies of projected revenues and expenditures and to annually publish an official economic outlook for the state; and

    Whereas, A Fiscal and Policy Division will develop and maintain a comprehensive information system on the receipt of revenues by local governmental subdivisions and political subdivisions from local, state and federal sources, as well as expenditure of these revenues and to submit a summary of this information annually to the Legislature; and

    Whereas, A Fiscal and Policy Division under the legislative branch of government would advance taxpayer confidence in the operations of state government by publishing on a single website in a user-friendly manner which fosters transparency and accountability of government operations; therefore, be it

    Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:

    That the Legislature hereby requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on the creation of a Fiscal and Policy Division under the Joint Committee on Government and Finance; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the fiscal impact of the establishment of a Fiscal and Policy Division under the legislative branch of the West Virginia government; and, be it

    Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, 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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