Senate Bill No. 367
(By Senators Miller, Snyder, Unger, Chafin and Laird)
[Introduced February 25, 2013; referred to the Committee
Government Organization; and then to the Committee on Finance .]
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §7-7-1a, relating to
creating the Citizens Elected County Officials Compensation
Commission; membership of the commission; terms of the
members; powers and duties of the commission; and procedures
for enacting the salaries of the elected county officials.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended
by adding thereto a new section, designated §7-7-1a, to read as
ARTICLE 7. COMPENSATION OF ELECTED COUNTY OFFICIALS.
§7-7-1a. Citizens Elected County Officials Compensation Commission.
(a) There is hereby created the Citizens Elected County
Officials Compensation Commission which shall have seven members
appointed by the Governor, no more than four of whom shall be of
the same political party. The members shall:
(1) Have been residents of this state for at least ten years
prior to the date of appointment;
(2) Broadly represent the public at-large; and
(3) Not be:
(A) Members of the Legislature;
(B) Officers or employees of the state, or both; or
(C) Officers or employees of any county, municipality or
political subdivision of the state, or both.
(b) The members of the Citizens Elected County Officials
Compensation Commission may be the same as the Citizens Legislative
(c) The original appointments of the members shall be
staggered and thereafter the terms shall be seven years.
(d) A member may be removed from the commission by the
(1) Official misconduct;
(2) Incompetency; or
(3) Neglect of duty.
(e) The Governor shall designate one member of the commission
(f) The members of the commission shall serve without compensation, but shall be entitled to reimbursement for all
reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the
performance of their duties.
(g) Commencing July 1, 2013, the commission may meet as often
as necessary to determine the salaries for the elected county
(h) Within fifteen days after the beginning of the regular
session of the Legislature in the year 2014 and every four years
thereafter, the commission shall submit, by resolution, to the
Legislature its determination for the salaries for the elected
county officials. The resolution determining the salaries for the
elected county officials must have been adopted by at least four
members of the commission.
(i) The Legislature may enact the salaries for the elected
county officials determined by the commission into general law
subject to the requirements and conditions prescribed in the
general law: Provided, That the Legislature may only reduce the
salaries as determined by the commission, but may not increase the
(j) The salaries for the elected county officials enacted by
the Legislature shall be paid on and after the effective date of
the general law.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to create the Citizens Elected County Officials Compensation Commission, determine
membership of the commission, terms of the members, powers and
duties of the commission, and procedures for enacting the salaries
of the elected county officials.
§7-7-1a is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring
have been omitted.