Senate Bill No. 412
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Ball, Jackson, Kessler, Plymale,
Schoonover, Boley, Buckalew and Minear)
[Originating in the Committee on Government Organization;
reported February 5, 1998.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section two, article ten-a, chapter
eighteen of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to continuing the
division of rehabilitation services.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section two, article ten-a, chapter eighteen of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 10A. VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION.
§18-10A-2. Division of rehabilitation services.
The division of rehabilitation services is hereby
transferred to the department of education and the arts created
in article one, chapter five-f of this code. The secretary shall
appoint any such board, commission or council over the division
to the extent required by federal law to qualify for federal funds for providing rehabilitation services for disabled persons.
The secretary and such boards, commissions or councils as he or
she is required by federal law to appoint are authorized and
directed to cooperate with the federal government to the fullest
extent in an effort to provide rehabilitation services for
References in this article or article ten-b of this chapter
to the state board of vocational education, the state board of
rehabilitation or the state board as the governing board of
vocational or other rehabilitation services or facilities means
the secretary of education and the arts. All references in the
code to the division of vocational rehabilitation means the
division of rehabilitation services and all references to the
director of the division of vocational rehabilitation means the
director of the division of rehabilitation services.
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, the division of rehabilitation services shall continue
to exist until the first day of July,
one thousand nine hundred
ninety-eight two thousand four.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to continue the Division
of Rehabilitation Services until July 1, 2004, pursuant to the
provisions of the West Virginia Sunset Law. A full performance
evaluation was completed in 1996 and compliance with the
recommendations of that evaluation monitored during the 1997
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken
from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language
that would be added.
This bill is recommended by the Joint Committee on Government Operations for passage during the 1998 Regular Session
of the Legislature.)