H. B. 2776
(By Delegates Fleischauer, Leach, Johnson,
Amores, Doyle, Manuel and Hunt)
[Introduced February 24, 1995; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section two, article five, chapter
six 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-b, all
relating to the status of holdover board and commission
members and gender balance.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section two, article five, chapter six 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-b, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 5. TERMS OF OFFICE; MATTERS AFFECTING THE RIGHT TO HOLD
§6-5-2. Continuance until successor qualified.
The term of every officer shall continue (unless the office
be vacated by death, resignation, removal from office, or
otherwise) until his successor is elected or appointed, and shall
have qualified. Such holdover status shall be for no more than
a one-year period or until the last day of the legislative
session occurring immediately after the end of the officer's
term, whichever occurs first.
§6-5-2b. Gender balance on state boards and commissions.
As vacancies occur as boards are formed and reformed and
as appointments are made in any fashion, notwithstanding any
provision to the contrary, but in any event no later than one
thousand nine hundred ninety-nine, all boards and commissions
shall have a majority of no more than one person of either sex.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to limit board membership
to no more than one year and to mandate gender balanced boards
and commissions by 1999.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.
§6-5-2b is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring
have been omitted.