Senate Bill No. 449
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Ball, Dawson,
Kessler, McCabe, Minard, Redd, Snyder,
Boley and Minear)
[Passed March 10, 2000; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact section four, article eighteen, chapter
twenty-nine of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended; and to further amend said
article by adding thereto a new section, designated section
twenty-four, all relating to continuing the state rail
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section four, article eighteen, chapter twenty-nine of
the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted; and that said article be further
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section twenty-four, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 18. WEST VIRGINIA STATE RAIL AUTHORITY.
§29-18-4. West Virginia state rail authority continued;
organization of authority; appointment of members; term of
office, compensation and expenses; director of authority;
(a) The West Virginia railroad maintenance authority,
heretofore created and redesignated the West Virginia state rail
authority, is hereby continued. References in this code to the
West Virginia railroad maintenance authority shall be understood
and taken to mean the West Virginia state rail authority. Nothing
in this article is intended to invalidate any action or obligation
of the West Virginia railroad maintenance authority undertaken
prior to the effective date of this article. The authority is a
governmental instrumentality of the state and a body corporate.
The exercise by the authority of the powers conferred by this
article and the carrying out of its purposes and duties shall be
deemed and held to be, and are hereby determined to be, essential
governmental functions and for a public purpose.
(b) The authority shall consist of seven members. The
secretary of the department of transportation shall be chairman:
Provided, That the secretary may appoint a designee to act in his or her stead at meetings of the authority. The other six members
shall be appointed by the governor, by and with the advice and
consent of the Senate, for a term of six years. Of the members of
the authority first appointed, two shall be appointed for a term
ending on the thirtieth day of June, one thousand nine hundred
seventy-seven, two shall be appointed for a term ending two years
thereafter and two shall be appointed for a term ending four years
thereafter. A person appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior
to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was
appointed shall be appointed only for the remainder of such term.
Each authority member shall serve until the appointment and
qualification of his successor. No more than three of the
appointed authority members shall at any one time belong to the
same political party. Appointed authority members may be
reappointed to serve additional terms.
(c) All members of the authority shall be citizens of the
state. Each appointed member of the board, before entering upon
his duties, shall comply with the requirements of article one,
chapter six of this code and give bond in the sum of twenty-five
thousand dollars in the manner provided in article two, chapter six
of this code. The governor may remove any authority member as
provided in section four, article six, chapter six of this code.
(d) Annually the authority shall elect one of its members as
vice chairman, and shall appoint a secretary-treasurer, who need
not be a member of the authority. Four members of the authority
shall constitute a quorum and the affirmative vote of four members
shall be necessary for any action taken by vote of the authority.
No vacancy in the membership of the authority shall impair the
rights of a quorum by such vote to exercise all the rights and
perform all the duties of the authority. The person appointed as
secretary-treasurer, including an authority member if he is so
appointed, shall give bond in the sum of fifty thousand dollars in
the manner provided in article two, chapter six of this code.
(e) The secretary of the department of transportation shall
not receive any compensation for serving as the authority chairman.
Each of the six appointed members of the authority shall receive
the same compensation and expense reimbursement as is paid to
members of the Legislature for their interim duties as recommended
by the citizens legislative compensation commission and authorized
by law for each day or substantial portion thereof engaged in the
discharge of official duties. All such compensation and expenses
incurred shall be payable solely from funds of the authority or
from funds appropriated for such purpose by the Legislature and no
liability or obligation shall be incurred by the authority beyond the extent to which moneys are available from funds of the
authority or from such appropriations.
(f) There shall also be a director of the authority appointed
by the authority, with the consent of the secretary.
§29-18-24. Termination date.
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, the West Virginia state rail authority shall continue to
exist until the first day of July, two thousand two, unless sooner
terminated, continued or reestablished by act of the Legislature.