H. B. 2768
(By Mr. Speaker, Mr. Kiss)
(Originating in the Committee on Political Subdivisions)
[February 26, 2003]
A BILL to amend article one, chapter seven of the code of West
Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated section three-mm,
relating to enacting a standardized false alarm ordinance;
establishing a system of administration and enforcement;
assess fees and penalties; issue orders; and the appointment
of an administrator and an advisory board.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That article one, chapter seven of the code of West Virginia,
one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as amended, be amended by
adding thereto a new section, designated section three-mm, to read
ARTICLE 1. COUNTY COMMISSIONS GENERALLY.
§7-1-3mm. Authority to adopt ordinance relating to false alarms.
(a) In addition to all other powers and duties they now possess, county
commissions may enact ordinances, establish a
system of administration and enforcement, assess fees and
penalties, issue orders and take other necessary and appropriate
actions for the reduction and elimination of false alarms.
(b) Any false alarm ordinance enacted by a county commission
shall be consistent with the standards relating to burglar,
security, medical and fire alarms as established by the national
burglar and fire alarm association and the false alarm reduction
association, or their successor organizations: Provided, That these
standards may be modified to meet specific county needs, if any.
(c) The county commission shall appoint an alarm administrator
to administer the false alarm ordinance. In counties that have an
enhanced 911 system, the E-911 director shall be the
administrator. In counties without an enhanced 911 system, the
alarm administrator shall be knowledgeable and qualified in the
areas of alarm systems and false alarm reduction efforts.
(d) The false alarm ordinance shall provide for the
appointment of a false alarm advisory board, which shall consist of
the alarm administrator, the county sheriff or other law-
enforcement officer, a fire chief from a county fire department or
his or her designee, a representative from the alarm industry, and
a member at large selected by the county commission to serve a two-
year term. The advisory board shall review, assist and make
recommendations concerning false alarm reduction efforts and report to the county commission.