Senate Bill No. 202
(By Senators Bowman, Kessler, Hunter and McKenzie)
[Introduced January 22, 1998; referred to the Committee
on Government Organization; and then to the Committee on
A BILL to amend and reenact section four, article seven, chapter
five-a of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to powers and
duties of the director of the information services and
communications division of the department of administration;
and requiring the establishment of a toll-free telephone
system for accessing state offices.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section four, article seven, chapter five-a of the code
of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 7. INFORMATION SERVICES AND COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION.
§5A-7-4. Powers and duties of division generally; professional staff; telephone service.
(a) The division is responsible for providing technical services and assistance to the various state spending units with
respect to developing and improving data processing and
telecommunications functions. The division may provide training
and direct data processing services to the various state
agencies. The division shall, upon request of the chief
technology officer within the office of the governor, provide
technical assistance in evaluating the economic justification,
system design and suitability of equipment and systems used in
state government. The director shall report to the secretary.
(b) The director is responsible for the development of
personnel to carry out the technical work of the division and may
approve reimbursement of costs incurred by employees to obtain
education and training.
(c) The director may assess each state spending unit for the
cost of any evaluation of the economic justification, system
design and suitability of equipment and systems used by the state
spending unit or any other technical assistance that is provided
or performed by the chief technology officer and the division
under the provisions of section four, article one-b of this
(d) The director shall transfer any moneys received as a
result of the assessments that he or she makes under
subsection(c) of this section to the office of chief technology
officer. The director shall report quarterly to the joint
committee on government and finance on all assessments made pursuant to subsection (c) of this section.
(e) (1) The director shall maintain an accounting system for
all telephone service to the state.
(2) The director shall establish a toll-free telephone
system for all state offices. The system shall allow individuals
calling from within the state to access any state office without
incurring a charge. The director shall assess each state
spending unit for the cost of providing this service.
(f) The provisions of this article do not apply to the
Legislature or the judiciary.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide for a toll- free telephone system by which individuals in the state can call
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.