This article shall be known and may be cited as "The Debt Management Act of 1991".
(b) The Legislature hereby finds:
(1) The credit rating and acceptance of bonds, notes, certificates of participation and other securities and indebtedness of the state and its spending units have been unstable as a result of the instability in traditional national and international markets of goods and services produced by the citizens of the state.
(2) In order to finance essential capital projects for the benefit of the citizens of the state at the lowest possible cost, the state must maintain high levels of acceptance of the indebtedness of the state and its spending units in the financial markets.
(3) In order to attain these goals, authorization of state debt must be based on the ability of the state to meet its total debt service requirements, in light of other uses of its fiscal resources.
(c) The Legislature hereby further finds that the public policies and responsibilities of the state as set forth in this article cannot be fully attained without the creation of a state division of debt management.
The division shall be under the control of a director to be appointed by the treasurer and who shall be qualified by reason of exceptional training and experience in the field of activities of his respective division and shall serve at the will and pleasure of the treasurer.
For the purpose of this article:
"Debt" means bonds, notes, certificates of participation, certificate transactions, capital leases and all other forms of securities and indebtedness.
"Division" means the division of debt management.
"State" means the state of West Virginia.
"Spending unit" means any of the state's agencies, boards, commissions, committees, authorities or other of its entities with the power to issue debt and secure such debt, and not including local political subdivisions of the state.
(1) Develop a long-term debt plan including criteria for the issuance of debt by the state and its spending units and the continuous evaluation of the current and projected debt of the state and its spending units.
(2) Evaluate cash flow projections relative to proposed and existing revenue bond issues.
(3) Act as liaison with the Legislature on all debt matters, including, but not limited to, new debt issues and the status of debt issued by the state and its spending units.
(4) Assist the state and its spending units regarding the issuance of debt if requested.
(5) Establish reporting requirements for the issuance of debt by the state and its spending units pursuant to the provisions of this article.
(6) Make and execute contracts and other instruments and pay the reasonable value of services or commodities rendered to the division pursuant to those contracts.
(7) Contract, cooperate or join with any one or more other governments or public agencies, or with any political subdivision of the state, or with the United States, to perform any administrative service, activity or undertaking which any such contracting party is authorized by law to perform and to charge for providing such services and expend any fees collected.
(8) Do all things necessary or convenient to effectuate the intent of this article and to carry out its powers and functions.
(9) Provide staff services to the debt capacity advisory division established in article six-b of this chapter.
(b) Not less than thirty days prior to a proposed offering of debt to be issued by a state spending unit, written notice of such proposed offering and the terms thereof shall be given to the division by such state spending unit in the form as the division may by regulation require. Within thirty days after closing, the terms shall be reported to the division in the form as the division may by regulation require.
(c) On or before the thirty-first day of January and the thirty-first day of July of each year, the treasurer shall prepare and issue a report of all debt of the state and its spending units and of all proposed debt issuances of which the treasurer has received notice and shall furnish a copy of such report to the governor, the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House of Delegates, the members of the joint committee on government and finance, the legislative auditor and upon request to any other legislative committee and any member of the Legislature. The report shall be kept available for inspection by any citizen of the state. The treasurer shall also prepare updated reports of all debt of the state and its spending units which shall be available for inspection at the office of the state treasurer on or before the thirty-first day of March and the thirtieth day of September of each year.
The division of debt management shall promulgate rules relating to reporting requirements and its duties under this article and the rules shall be promulgated in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2012 1st Special Session