H. B. 4021

(By Delegates Douglas, Collins,

Thompson, Given, Tucker, Azinger

and Capito)

[Passed February 23, 1998; in effect ninety days from passage.]

AN ACT to amend and reenact section twelve, article one, chapter thirty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to public access to licensing boards.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of the West Virginia:
That section twelve, article one,
chapter thirty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
§30-1-12. Record of proceedings; register of applicants; certified copies of records prima facie evidence; report to governor and Legislature; public access.
(a) The secretary of every board shall keep a record of its proceedings and a register of all applicants for license or registration, showing for each the date of his or her application, his or her name, age, educational and other qualifications, place of residence, whether an examination was required, whether the applicant was rejected or a certificate of license or registration granted, the date of this action, the license or registration number, all renewals of the license or registration, if required, and any suspension or revocation thereof. The books and register of the board shall be open to public inspection at all reasonable times, and the books and register, or a copy of any part thereof, certified by the secretary and attested by the seal of the board, shall be prima facie evidence of all matters recorded therein.
(b) On or before the first day of January of each year in which the Legislature meets in regular session, the board shall submit to the governor and to the Legislature a report of its transactions for the preceding two years, an itemized statement of its receipts and disbursements for that period, a full list of the names of all persons licensed or registered by it during that period, statistical reports by county of practice, by specialty if appropriate to the particular profession, and a list of any complaints which were filed against persons licensed by the board, including any action taken by the board regarding those complaints. The report shall be certified by the president and the secretary of the board, and a copy of the report shall be filed with the secretary of state.
(c) To promote public access, the secretary of every board shall ensure that the address and telephone number of the board are included every year in the state government listings of the Charleston area telephone directory. Every board shall regularly evaluate the feasibility of adopting additional methods of providing public access, including but not limited to, listings in additional telephone directories, toll-free telephone numbers, facsimile and computer-based communications.