H. B. 2134
(By Delegates Amores, Hunt, Seacrist,
Johnson, Tillis and Faircloth)
[Introduced January 14, 1998; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend article fifteen, chapter sixteen of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, by adding thereto two new sections, designated
sections twenty-six and twenty-seven, all relating to
requiring cooperation among state agencies in verifying
eligibility for public housing programs.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article fifteen, chapter sixteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto two new sections, designated sections
twenty-six and twenty-seven, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 15. STATE HOUSING LAW.
§16-15-26. Verification of eligibility.
A public housing authority may obtain information from the department of tax and revenue, division of employment security,
department of health and human resources and the workers'
compensation commission for the purpose of assistance in
verifying the eligibility of a person for any public housing
program. The request for this information must be in writing and
specify the exact information requested, together with sufficient
information to allow these agencies positively to identify the
correct person. The authority may forward the request either to
the main agency address or to a local branch and the agency shall
provide an expeditious written response.
§16-15-27. Providing information of unemployment insurance;
(a) The division of employment security shall furnish, upon
request of any public agency administering the aid to families
with dependent children and child support programs or any public
housing authority, any information in its possession relating to:
(1) Individuals who are receiving, have received, or have
applied for unemployment insurance;
(2) The amount of benefits being received;
(3) The current home address of such individuals; and
(4) Whether any offer of work has been refused and, if so a
description of the job and the terms, conditions and rate of pay therefor.
(b) The requesting agency shall be responsible for
reimbursing the division of employment security for actual costs
incurred in supplying such information.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require state agencies
to provide information for verifying eligibility for public
§§16-15-26 and 27 are new; therefore, strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.