H. B. 2056
(By Delegate Armstead)
(Originating in the Committee on Finance)
[February 24, 2003]
A BILL to amend article three, chapter eighteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section nine-b,
relating to creating a voluntary checkoff on income tax
returns for donations from refunds for family literacy program
grants to schools and public libraries; requiring state
superintendent to administer program through the division of
technical and adult education family literacy initiative; and
requiring state superintendent to propose legislative rules to
implement the program.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article three, chapter eighteen of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be
amended by adding thereto a new section, designated section nine-b,
to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. STATE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS.
§18-3-9b. West Virginia family literacy initiative check-off
program; state superintendent to propose rules.
(a) The tax commissioner shall cause each West Virginia
personal income tax return form to contain a provision whereby the
taxpayer, and his or her spouse if a joint return, may designate a
portion or all of his or her tax refund to the West Virginia family
literacy initiative check-off program. The contribution made shall
be credited to the program.
(b) The tax department shall determine by the first day of
July of each year the total amount designated pursuant to this
section and shall report the amount to the state treasurer who
shall credit the amount to a fund in the department of education to
be known as the "West Virginia family literacy initiative check-off
fund". Expenditures from the fund shall be for the purposes set
forth in this section.
(c) The funds shall be used for the purpose of providing
state grants to schools and public libraries in this state to
implement family literacy programs as provided in this section.
The program shall promote, encourage and teach adults with low
functional literacy skills to learn to read with their children,
grandchildren or other family members. The superintendent, through
the department of education, division of technical and adult
education, family literacy initiative, shall administer the program
and shall propose legislative rules in accordance with the
provisions of section three, article twenty-nine-a of this code
designed to implement the purposes of this program.
(d) This section shall apply to all personal income tax
returns required to be filed for tax years beginning on or after
the first day of January, two thousand three, and before the first
day of July, two thousand eight.