H. B. 2396
(By Delegates Henderson, Harrison, Calvert,
Greear, Blass, Given and Hall)
[Introduced February 8, 1995; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization then
A BILL to amend chapter five-f of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by adding
thereto a new article, designated article one-a, relating to
abolishing the offices of secretaries of the executive
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That chapter five-f of the code of West Virginia, one
thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended by
adding thereto a new article, designated article one-a, to read
ARTICLE 1A. OFFICES OF SECRETARIES ABOLISHED.
§5F-1A-1. Legislative findings and declarations.
(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the
reorganization of the executive branch of state government under
the provisions of article one of this chapter that created the
offices of secretary of executive departments has not produced the expected results of:
(1) Promoting the execution of the laws, the more effective
management of the executive branch and of its agencies, boards
and functions and the expeditious administration of the public
(2) Reducing expenditures and promoting the economy to the
fullest extent consistent with the efficient operation of state
(3) Increasing the efficiency of the operations of state
government to the fullest extent practicable;
(4) Grouping, coordinating and consolidating agencies and
functions of state government, as nearly as may be, according to
(5) Eliminating duplication of effort;
(6) Providing for appropriate legislative oversight as
mandated in the Constitution of this state; and
(7) Providing for a spirit of cooperation and unity between
the executive and legislative branches in addressing and
developing solutions to the problems facing the state.
(b) Therefore, notwithstanding any other provision of law to
the contrary, the offices of secretary of executive departments,
created by section two, article one of this chapter are hereby
§5F-1A-2. Recommendations for further reorganization.
The governor shall submit to the Legislature on or before
the first day of January, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six,
a report setting forth the reorganization implemented by
executive action pursuant to this chapter and any recommendations
for further reorganization and replacement of the offices of
secretary requiring legislative action and drafts of recommended
legislation to implement the reorganization requiring legislative
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to eliminate the offices
of secretaries of executive departments.
This article is new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.