Senate Bill No. 518
(By Senator Chafin)
[Introduced February 16, 2000; referred to the Committee
on Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact section eleven, article one, chapter
seven of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred
thirty-one, as amended, relating to county commissions
purchasing in open market or by competitive bid.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section eleven, article one, chapter seven of the code of
West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. COUNTY COMMISSIONS GENERALLY.
§7-1-11. Purchasing in open market or competitive bids.
commissions commission may make a purchase of
commodities and printing of five fifteen thousand dollars or less in amount in the open market, but a purchase of and contract for
commodities and printing over five fifteen thousand dollars shall
be based on competitive bids, except in case of emergency.
A county commission shall solicit competitive bids for every
construction project exceeding twenty-five thousand dollars in
The county commission of any county is hereby authorized and
empowered to promulgate rules
and regulations governing the
procedure of competitive bids.
As used in this section, the terms "commodities" and
"printing" shall have the same meaning as those terms are defined
in section one, article one, chapter five-a of this code.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require a county
commission to solicit competitive bids for every construction
project exceeding $25,000 in total cost. Also, the bill raises
from $5,000 to $15,000 the amount of commodities or printing a
county commission may purchase on the open market without
soliciting competitive bids.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would