Senate Bill No. 163
(By Senators Bowman, Bailey, Boley, Caldwell,
Minard, Minear, Rowe, Smith,
Weeks and White)
[Passed February 24, 2003; in effect ninety days from passage.]
AN ACT to amend and reenact section seven-a, article two, chapter
seventeen-b of the code of West Virginia, one thousand nine
hundred thirty-one, as amended, relating to continuation of
the driver's licensing advisory board
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That section seven-a, article two, chapter seventeen-b of the
code of West Virginia, one thousand nine hundred thirty-one, as
amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. ISSUANCE OF LICENSE, EXPIRATION AND RENEWAL.
§17B-2-7a. Driver's licensing advisory board.
The driver's licensing advisory board is hereby continued.
The board shall consist of five members to be appointed by the
governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for
terms of three years, except that as to the members first
appointed, two shall be appointed for a term of three years, two shall be appointed for a term of two years and one shall be
appointed for a term of one year, all from the first day of July,
one thousand nine hundred seventy-four. All vacancies occurring on
the board shall be filled by the governor, by and with the advice
and consent of the Senate. One member of the board shall be an
optometrist duly registered to practice optometry in this state and
the other four members of the board shall be physicians or surgeons
duly licensed to practice medicine or surgery in this state. The
governor shall appoint persons qualified to serve on the board who,
in his opinion, will best serve the work and function of the board.
The board shall advise the commissioner of motor vehicles as
to vision standards and all other medical criteria of whatever kind
or nature relevant to the licensing of persons to operate motor
vehicles under the provisions of this chapter. The board shall,
upon request, advise the commissioner of motor vehicles as to the
mental or physical fitness of an applicant for, or the holder of,
a license to operate a motor vehicle. The board shall furnish the
commissioner with all such medical standards, statistics, data,
professional information and advice as he may reasonably request.
The members of the board shall receive compensation and
expense reimbursement in an amount not to exceed the same
compensation and expense reimbursement as is paid to members of the
Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the citizens
legislative compensation commission and authorized by law, for each day or substantial portion thereof engaged in the performance of
Pursuant to the provisions of article ten, chapter four of
this code, the driver's licensing advisory board shall continue to
exist until the first day of July, two thousand nine.