Senate Bill No. 135
(By Senator Hunter, McCabe and Love)
[Introduced January 18, 2000; referred to the Committee
Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section twelve, article two, chapter
five-b of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, relating to adding the internet to the
list of direct advertising media to be funded by the tourism
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section twelve, article two, chapter five-b of the code
of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA DEVELOPMENT OFFICE.
§5B-2-12. Tourism promotion fund created; use of funds.
There is hereby continued in the state treasury the special
revenue fund known as the "tourism promotion fund" created under prior enactment of section nine, article one of this chapter.
(a) A minimum of five percent of the moneys deposited in the
fund each year shall be used solely for direct advertising for West
Virginia travel and tourism: Provided, That no less than twenty
percent of these funds be expended with the approval of the
director of the division of natural resources to effectively
promote and market the state's parks, state forests, state
recreation areas and wildlife recreational resources. Direct
advertising means advertising which is limited to television,
radio, mailings, newspaper, magazines,
and outdoor billboards and
the internet or any combination thereof;
(b) The balance of the moneys deposited in the fund shall be
used for direct advertising within the state's travel regions as
defined by the commission. The funds shall be made available to
these districts beginning the first day of July, one thousand nine
hundred ninety-five, according to legislative rules promulgated by
the tourism commission: Provided, That emergency rules for the
distribution of funds for the fiscal year ending the thirtieth day
of June, one thousand nine hundred ninety-six, are specifically
(c) All advertising expenditures over twenty-five thousand
dollars from the tourism promotion fund require prior approval by recorded vote of the commission.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to include "the internet"
among those methods of direct advertising permitted to be funded by
moneys of the tourism promotion fund for the promotion of tourism
in the state.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would