Senate Bill No. 22

(By Senators Jackson, Helmick, Ross, Ball and Sharpe)


[Originating in the Committee on the Judiciary;
reported January 19, 2000.]


A BILL to amend and reenact section three, article six, chapter thirty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to embalmers and funeral directors; requiring board members to take oath; allowing for selection of officers; providing for salary and expenses; requiring treasurer to post bond; authorizing board to establish duties and compensation of employees; allowing for meetings to be set as needed; establishing a quorum; establishing powers and duties of board; authorizing licensure; authorizing legislative rules; providing for continuing education; and authorizing continuing education through audio or video recordings.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three, article six, chapter thirty of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:

§30-6-3. Oath of members of board; officers; salary and expenses; bond of treasurer; meetings; powers and duties; notice; rules; school of instruction; inspection.

Members of said board, before entering upon their duties, shall take and subscribe to the oath of office prescribed by the secretary of state.
Said board shall select from its own members a president, a secretary and a treasurer. Each member shall be reimbursed for his or her traveling expenses, incident to his or her attendance upon the business of the board, and in addition thereto, the sum of fifty dollars per day for each day actually spent by such the member upon the business of the board. The secretary shall receive an annual salary of not to exceed one thousand dollars, the amount and payment of which shall be fixed by said the board, and in addition thereto shall receive traveling and other incidental expenses incurred in the performance of his or her duties.
The board may employ an executive director and such clerks, inspectors and assistants as it shall deem consider necessary to discharge the duties imposed by the provisions of this article and duly promulgated rules and regulations of the board and to effect its purposes, and the board shall determine the duties and fix the compensation of such the executive director, clerks, inspectors and assistants, subject to the general laws of the state. Any inspector employed by the board shall have either a West Virginia embalmer's license or a West Virginia funeral director's license. Any inspection shall be conducted in such a manner so as not to interfere with the conduct of business within the funeral establishment, and the inspector shall be absolutely prohibited from examining any books and records of the funeral establishment.
All such the expenses, per diem and compensation shall be paid out of the receipts of the board, but such the allowances shall at no time exceed the receipts of the board.
The treasurer of the board shall give bond to the state of West Virginia in such the sum as the board shall direct with two or more sureties or a reliable surety company approved by the board and such the bond shall be conditioned for the faithful discharge of the duties of such the officer. Such The bond, with approval of the board endorsed thereon, shall be deposited with the treasurer of the state of West Virginia.
The board shall hold not less than two meetings during each calendar year for the purpose of examining applicants for licenses, such the meeting or meetings to be held at such a time and place as the board shall determine. The time and place of such the meeting shall be announced by publication in three daily newspapers of general circulation in different locations in the state and publication to be once a week for two consecutive weeks immediately preceding each such meeting.
The board may hold such other meetings as it may deem consider necessary and may transact any business at such the meetings. Four or more members shall comprise a quorum authorizing the board to transact such business as is prescribed under this article.
The board shall have the power and it shall be its duty to make and enforce all necessary rules, and regulations not inconsistent with this article, for the examination and licensing of funeral directors and the general practice of funeral directing; the examination and licensing of embalmers and the general practice of embalming and the registration and regulation of apprentices; and the licensing and general operation of funeral establishments, except that no rules and regulations issued by the board shall require that an applicant for a license to operate a funeral establishment shall be required to have either an embalmer's or funeral director's license.
The board shall publish in its rules and regulations propose for legislative promulgation in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code rules necessary to effectuate the purposed of this article including but not limited to the subjects to be covered in the said examinations and the standards to be attained thereon. Changes in the rules and regulations shall be published and shall be given due publicity at least ninety days before becoming effective.
The board may conduct annually a school of instruction to apprise funeral directors and embalmers of the most recent scientific knowledge and developments affecting their profession. Qualified lecturers and demonstrators may be employed by the board for this purpose. The board shall give notice of the time and place at which such the school will be held for all licensed funeral directors and embalmers and it shall be the duty of every licensed funeral director and embalmer to attend at least one such school or other approved program every three years: Provided, That the location of any school of continuing education shall accommodate the geographic diversity of the embalmers and funeral directors of this state. Compliance with the requirements of continuing education is a prerequisite for license renewal.
Hours of continuing education may be obtained by attending and participating in board-approved programs, meetings, seminars or activities. Embalmers or funeral directors with thirty or more years of experience may obtain all of the required continuing education credit through the use of audio or video recordings. It is the responsibility of each licensee to finance his or her costs of continuing education.
The board, any of its members or any duly authorized employee of the board shall have the authority to enter at all reasonable hours for the purpose of inspecting the premises in which the business or profession of funeral directing is conducted or practiced or where embalming is practiced.

(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to allow any embalmer or funeral director with thirty or more years of experience to receive all of any required continuing education credit through the use of audio or video recordings.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.)