H. B. 2554
(By Delegates Beane, Kuhn, Butcher, Manuel,
Spencer, Leggett and Schoen)
(Originating in the Committee on Government Organization)
[January 24, 2003]
A BILL to amend and reenact section three-a, article one, chapter
nineteen 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
three-b, all relating to the continuation of the marketing and
development division of the department of agriculture.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section three-a, article one, chapter nineteen 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 three-
b, all to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE.
§19-1-3a. Marketing and development division; duties
(a) In recognition that article ten, chapter four of this code
requires a preliminary performance review of the rural resource
division of the department of agriculture and that performance
standards must be stated before such audit can be performed, the
rural resources division is hereby formally established and renamed
the marketing and development division in the department of
agriculture. The duties of the division are to establish
marketing, promotional and development programs to advance West
Virginia agriculture in the domestic and international markets; to
provide grading, inspection and market news services to the various
elements of the West Virginia agricultural industry; and to
regulate and license individuals involved in the marketing of
(b) After having conducted a preliminary performance review
and fiscal audit through its joint committee on government
operations, pursuant to section nine, article ten, chapter four of
this code, the Legislature hereby finds and declares the marketing
and development division should be continued and reestablished.
Accordingly, notwithstanding the provisions of section four of said
article, the marketing and development division shall continue to
exist until the first day of July, two thousand one .§19-1-3b. Continuation of division.
The marketing and development division of the department of
agriculture shall continue to exist, pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of this code, until the first day of
July, two thousand eight, unless sooner terminated, continued or
reestablished pursuant to the provisions of that article.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would
Section three-b is new, therefore strike-throughs and
underscoring have been omitted.