Senate Bill No. 50
the Committee on Finance)
[Passed March 19, 2000; in effect from passage.]
AN ACT making appropriations of public money out of the treasury in accordance with section fifty-
one, article six of the constitution.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
TITLE I-GENERAL PROVISIONS.
Sec. 1. General policy.-The purpose of this bill is to appropriate money necessary for the economical and
efficient discharge of the duties and responsibilities of the state and its agencies during the fiscal year two
Sec. 2. Definitions.-For the purpose of this bill:
"Governor" shall mean the governor of the state of West Virginia.
"Code" shall mean the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine-hundred thirty-one, as amended.
"Spending unit" shall mean the department, bureau, division, office, board, commission, agency or institution
to which an appropriation is made.
The "fiscal year two thousand one" shall mean the period from the first day of July, two thousand, through the
thirtieth day of June, two thousand one.
"General revenue fund" shall mean the general operating fund of the state and includes all moneys received
or collected by the state except as provided in section two, article two, chapter twelve of the code or as otherwise
"Special revenue funds" shall mean specific revenue sources which by legislative enactments are not required
to be accounted for as general revenue, including federal funds.
"From collections" shall mean that part of the total appropriation which must be collected by the spending unit
to be available for expenditure. If the authorized amount of collections is not collected, the total appropriation
for the spending unit shall be reduced automatically by the amount of the deficiency in the collections. If the
amount collected exceeds the amount designated "from collections," the excess shall be set aside in a special
surplus fund and may be expended for the purpose of the spending unit as provided by article two, chapter five-a
of the code.
Sec. 3. Classification of appropriations.-An appropriation for:
"Personal services" shall mean salaries, wages and other compensation paid to full-time, part-time and
temporary employees of the spending unit but shall not include fees or contractual payments paid to consultants
or to independent contractors engaged by the spending unit.
Unless otherwise specified, appropriations for "personal services" shall include salaries of heads of spending
"Annual increment" shall mean funds appropriated for "eligible employees" and shall be disbursed only in
accordance with article five, chapter five of the code.
Funds appropriated for "annual increment" shall be transferred to "personal services" or other designated items
only as required.
"Employee benefits" shall mean social security matching, workers' compensation, unemployment
compensation, pension and retirement contributions, public employees insurance matching, personnel fees or any
other benefit normally paid by the employer as a direct cost of employment. Should the appropriation be
insufficient to cover such costs, the remainder of such cost shall be transferred by each spending unit from its
"personal services" line item or its "unclassified" line item to its "employee benefits" line item. If there is no
appropriation for "employee benefits," such costs shall be paid by each spending unit from its "personal services" line item, its "unclassified" line item or other appropriate line item. Each spending unit is hereby authorized and
required to make such payments in accordance with the provisions of article two, chapter five-a of the code.
"BRIM Premiums" shall mean the amount charged as consideration for insurance protection and includes the
present value of projected losses and administrative expenses. Premiums are assessed for coverages, as defined
in the applicable policies, for claims arising from, inter alia, general liability, wrongful acts, property, professional
liability and automobile exposures.
Should the appropriation for "BRIM Premiums" be insufficient to cover such cost, the remainder of such costs
shall be transferred by each spending unit from it's "personal services" line item, it's "employee benefit" line item,
it's "unclassified" line item or any other appropriate line item to "BRIM Premiums" for payment to the Board of
Risk and Insurance Management. Each spending unit is hereby authorized and required to make such payments.
Each spending unit shall be responsible for all contributions, payments or other costs related to coverage and
claims of its employees for unemployment compensation. Such expenditures shall be considered an employee
"Current expenses" shall mean operating costs other than personal services and shall not include equipment,
repairs and alterations, buildings or lands.
Each spending unit shall be responsible for and charged monthly for all postage meter service and shall
reimburse the appropriate revolving fund monthly for all such amounts. Such expenditures shall be considered
a current expense.
"Equipment" shall mean equipment items which have an appreciable and calculable period of usefulness in
excess of one year.
"Repairs and alterations" shall mean routine maintenance and repairs to structures and minor improvements
to property which do not increase the capital assets.
"Buildings" shall include new construction and major alteration of existing structures and the improvement of lands and shall include shelter, support, storage, protection or the improvement of a natural condition.
"Lands" shall mean the purchase of real property or interest in real property.
"Capital outlay" shall mean and include buildings, lands or buildings and lands, with such category or item
of appropriation to remain in effect as provided by section twelve, article three, chapter twelve of the code.
From appropriations made to the spending units of state government, upon approval of the governor there may
be transferred to a special account an amount sufficient to match federal funds under any federal act.
Appropriations classified in any of the above categories shall be expended only for the purposes as defined
above and only for the spending units herein designated: Provided, That the secretary of each department shall
have the authority to transfer within the department those general revenue funds appropriated to the various
agencies of the department: Provided, however, That no more than five percent of the general revenue funds
appropriated to any one agency or board may be transferred to other agencies or boards within the department:
Provided further, That the secretary of each department and the director, commissioner, executive secretary,
superintendent, chairman or any other agency head not governed by a departmental secretary as established by
chapter five-f of the code shall have the authority to transfer funds appropriated to "personal services" and
"employee benefits" to other lines within the same account and no funds from other lines shall be transferred to
the "personal services" line: And provided further, That upon written request of the speaker of the house of
delegates, the auditor shall transfer within the general revenue fund amounts from the total appropriations of the
house of delegates to other agencies, boards or departments: And provided further, That if the Legislature by
subsequent enactment consolidates agencies, boards or functions, the secretary may transfer the funds formerly
appropriated to such agency, board or function in order to implement such consolidation. No funds may be
transferred from a special revenue account, dedicated account, capital expenditure account or any other account
or fund specifically exempted by the Legislature from transfer, except that the use of the appropriations from the
state road fund for the office of the secretary of the department of transportation is not a use other than the
purpose for which such funds were dedicated and is permitted.
Appropriations otherwise classified shall be expended only where the distribution of expenditures for different
purposes cannot well be determined in advance or it is necessary or desirable to permit the spending unit the
freedom to spend an appropriation for more than one of the above classifications.
Sec. 4. Method of expenditure.-Money appropriated by this bill, unless otherwise specifically directed,
shall be appropriated and expended according to the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of the code or
according to any law detailing a procedure specifically limiting that article.
Funds of the state of West Virginia not heretofore classified as to purpose and existing within the funds of the
treasury shall be determined by the governor and transferred to a special account for the purpose of expenditure
as part of the general fund of the state.
Sec. 5. Maximum expenditures.-No authority or requirement of law shall be interpreted as requiring or
permitting an expenditure in excess of the appropriations set out in this bill.