(b) The Legislature finds and declares that the State Treasurer currently enters into agreements on behalf of the West Virginia Investment Management Board with political subdivisions and provides reporting services for participants in the Consolidated Fund.
(c) The Legislature finds and declares that the transfer of the Consolidated Fund to the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments will allow for management of the fund within state government and will encourage better cash management of state moneys.
(d) The Legislature finds and declares that a public body corporate within state government with appropriate governance is the best means of assuring reasonable access to and prudent management and investment of the Consolidated Fund.
(e) The Legislature finds and declares that in accomplishing these purposes, the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments is acting in all respects for the benefit of the citizens of the state in managing and investing the Consolidated Fund.
(f) The Legislature further finds and declares that it is in the best interests of the state, its citizens and the political subdivisions to create the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments to manage and invest the Consolidated Fund to: (1) Provide focused investment services for the operating funds of the state and of its political subdivisions; (2) provide better management of all state funds within state government; and (3) allow the West Virginia Investment Management Board to focus on the long-term investment of the trust estates it manages pursuant to article six of this chapter.
(1) "Board" means the governing body for the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments. References in this code to the entity investing the moneys of the Consolidated Fund, to the West Virginia Board of Investments, to the West Virginia Trust Fund or to the West Virginia Investment Management Board in connection with investing moneys in the Consolidated Fund means the Board as defined in this subdivision;
(2) "Consolidated fund" means the investment fund continued in section six of this article and transferred to the Board by the West Virginia Investment Management Board for Management and Investment;
(3) "Director" means any member serving on the Board;
(4) "Local government funds" means the moneys of a political subdivision, including policemen's and firemen's pension and relief funds, and volunteer fire department funds, transferred to the Board for deposit;
(5) "Participant" means any state government spending unit or political subdivision which transfers moneys to the Board for investment;
(6) "Political subdivision" means and includes a county, municipality or any agency, authority, board, county board of education, commission or instrumentality of a county or municipality and regional councils created pursuant to the provisions of section five, article twenty-five, chapter eight of this code;
(7) "Securities" means all bonds, notes, debentures or other evidences of indebtedness and other lawful investment instruments; and
(8) "State funds" means all moneys of the state which may be lawfully invested except for the "school fund" established by section four, article XII of the State Constitution.
(b) Any appointment to the Board is effective immediately upon appointment by the Governor with respect to voting, constituting a quorum, receiving expenses and all other rights and privileges of the Director position. A trustee of the West Virginia Investment Management Board other than the Governor, State Treasurer or State Auditor is not eligible to serve as a Director of the Board.
(c) The Board shall consist of five members, as follows:
(1) The Governor, the State Treasurer and the State Auditor or their designees. They shall serve by virtue of their offices and are not entitled to compensation under the provisions of this article. The Governor, State Treasurer and State Auditor or their designees are subject to all duties, responsibilities and requirements of the provisions of this article; and
(2) Two persons appointed by the Governor subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
(d) Of the two persons appointed by the Governor, one shall be a certified public accountant with experience in finance, investing and management, and one shall be an attorney with experience in finance, investing and management.
(e)(1) Initial appointment of the appointed directors shall be for the following terms:
(A) One member shall be appointed for a term ending the thirtieth day of June, two thousand seven; and
(B) One member shall be appointed for a term ending the thirtieth day of June, two thousand nine.
(2) Except for appointments to fill vacancies, each subsequent appointment shall be for the term ending the thirtieth day of June of the fourth year following the year the preceding term expired. A Director may be reappointed. In the event a vacancy occurs it shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term. A Director whose term has expired shall continue in office until a successor has been duly appointed and qualified. No appointed member of the Board may be removed from office by the Governor except for official misconduct, incompetency, neglect of duty, gross negligence, misfeasance or gross immorality.
(f) All directors shall receive reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in discharging director's duties pursuant to this article.
(g) The Board shall hold quarterly meetings. Board bylaws may provide for calling and holding additional meetings. Representatives of participants and members of the public may attend any meeting held by the Board, except during those meetings or part of meetings closed by the Board as permitted by law. Attendees shall observe standards of decorum established by board policy.
(h) The Board shall annually adopt a fee schedule and a budget reflecting fee structures for the year.
(i) The Board chairman may appoint committees as needed, including, but not limited to, an investment policies committee to discuss drafting, reviewing or modifying written investment policies. Each committee shall seek input from participants before reporting its recommendations to the Board. The Board may meet with any or all committees during any of its meetings.
(j) Any meeting of the Board may be closed upon adoption of a motion by any Director when necessary to preserve the attorney-client privilege, to protect the privacy interests of individuals, to review personnel matters or to maintain confidentiality when confidentiality is in the best interest of the participants.
(1) Adopt and use a common seal and alter it at pleasure;
(2) Sue and be sued;
(3) Enter into contracts and execute and deliver instruments using the policies and procedures of the State Treasurer's Office;
(4) Acquire (by purchase, gift or otherwise), hold, use and dispose of real and personal property, deeds, mortgages and other instruments;
(5) Promulgate and enforce bylaws and rules for the management and conduct of its affairs;
(6) Notwithstanding any other provision of law to the contrary, specifically article three, chapter five-a of this code, retain and contract with legal, accounting, financial and investment managers, advisors and consultants;
(7) Acquire (by purchase, gift or otherwise), hold, exchange, pledge, lend and sell or otherwise dispose of securities and invest funds in investments authorized by this article;
(8) Maintain accounts with banks, securities dealers and financial institutions both within and outside this state;
(9) Engage in financial transactions whereby securities are purchased by the Board under an agreement providing for the resale of the securities to the original seller at a stated price;
(10) Engage in financial transactions whereby securities held by the Board are sold under an agreement providing for the repurchase of the securities by the Board at a stated price;
(11) Consolidate and manage moneys, securities and other assets of the consolidated fund and accounts of the state and the moneys of political subdivisions which may be made available to it under the provisions of this article;
(12) Abide by agreements entered into by the State Treasurer with political subdivisions of the state for investment of moneys of the political subdivisions by the Board;
(13) Charge and collect administrative fees from participants, including political subdivisions, for its services;
(14) Exercise all powers generally granted to and exercised by the holders of investment securities with respect to management of the investment securities;
(15) Use any contract or agreement of the Investment Management Board or the State Treasurer's Office and enter into its own contracts or agreements, including, without limitation entering into a contract or agreement with one or more banking institutions in or outside the state for the custody, safekeeping and management of securities held by the Board and with any investment manager and investment advisor needed;
(16) Make, and from time to time, amend and repeal bylaws, rules and procedures not inconsistent with the provisions of this article;
(17) Hire its own employees, consultants, managers and advisors as it considers necessary and fix their compensation and prescribe their duties;
(18) Develop, implement and maintain its own investment accounts;
(19) Offer assistance and seminars to spending units and to political subdivisions;
(20) Upon request of the State Treasurer, transmit funds for deposit to the State Treasury to meet the daily obligations of state government; and
(21) Establish one or more investment funds, pools or participant accounts within the consolidated fund for the purpose of investing the moneys and assets for which it is director, trustee, custodian or otherwise authorized to invest pursuant to this article. Interests in each fund, pool or participant account are designated as units and the Board shall adopt industry standard accounting procedures to determine the unit value of each fund, pool or participant account. The securities in each investment fund, pool or participant account are the property of the Board and each fund, pool or participant account is considered an investment pool, investment fund or investment participant account.
(b) Each spending unit authorized to invest moneys shall unless prohibited by law, request the State Treasurer to invest its moneys. Based upon spending unit representations, the State Treasurer shall send the moneys to the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments or to the Investment Management Board for investment.
(c) Each political subdivision of this state through its treasurer or equivalent financial officer may enter into agreements with the State Treasurer for the investment of moneys of the political subdivision. Any political subdivision may enter into an agreement with the state spending unit from which it receives moneys to allow the board to invest the moneys.
(d) Moneys held in the various funds and accounts administered by the board are invested as permitted by this article and subject to the restrictions contained in this article.
(e) The State Treasurer shall maintain records of the deposits and withdrawals of each participant and the performance of the various funds, pools and accounts. The board shall report the earnings on the funds, pools, and accounts under management to the State Treasurer at the times determined by the State Treasurer.
(f) The board shall establish policies for the administration of the various funds, pools and accounts authorized by this article as it determines necessary. The policies may specify the minimum amounts and timing of deposits and withdrawals and any other matters authorized by the board.
(g) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, the funds, pools and securities maintained or invested in by the board in accordance with this article are authorized investments for all local government funds.
(a) The management and control of the Consolidated Fund is vested solely in the Board in accordance with the provisions of this article.
(b) The State Treasurer is the chairperson of the Board. The Board shall elect a vice chairperson. Annually, the directors shall elect a secretary to keep a record of the proceedings of the Board and provide any other duties required by the board. The board may elect a person who is not a member of the board as secretary.
(c) The board may use the staff of the State Treasurer, employ personnel and contract with any person or entity needed to perform the tasks related to operating the Consolidated Fund.
(d) The Board shall retain an internal auditor to report directly to the Board and shall fix his or her compensation. As a minimum qualification, the internal auditor shall be a certified public accountant with at least three years' experience as an auditor. The internal auditor shall develop an internal audit plan, with board approval, for the testing of procedures, internal controls and the security of transactions.
(e) The Board may retain one employee with a chartered financial analyst designation or an employee who is a certified treasury manager.
(f) Each director shall give a separate fiduciary or surety bond from a surety company qualified to do business within this State in a penalty amount of one million dollars for the faithful performance of his or her duties as a director. The Board shall purchase a blanket bond for the faithful performance of its duties in the amount set by the board of at least $10 million. The amount of the blanket bond is in addition to the $1 million individual bond required of each director by the provisions of this section. The Board may require a fiduciary or surety bond from a surety company qualified to do business in this state for any person who has charge of, or access to, any securities, funds or other moneys held by the board and the amount of the fiduciary or surety bond are fixed by the board. The premiums payable on all fiduciary or surety bonds are expenses of the board.
(g) The directors, employees of the Board and employees of the State Treasurer performing work for or on behalf of the Board are not liable personally, either jointly or severally, for any debt or obligation created by the Board: Provided, That the directors and employees of the Board are liable for acts of misfeasance or gross negligence.
(h) The board is exempt from the provisions of article three, chapter five-a, and sections seven and eleven, article three, chapter twelve of this code. However, the board is subject to the purchasing policies and procedures of the State Treasurer's Office.
(1) Purchase, retain, hold, transfer and exchange and sell, at public or private sale, the whole or any part of the fund or pools upon any terms and conditions it considers advisable;
(2) Invest and reinvest the fund and pools or any part thereof in fixed income securities as provided in this article;
(3) Carry the securities and other property held in trust either in the name of the board or in the name of its nominee;
(4) Vote, in person or by proxy, all securities held; join in or dissent from and oppose the reorganization, recapitalization, consolidation, merger, liquidation or sale of corporations or property; exchange securities for other securities issued in connection with or resulting from any transaction; pay any assessment or expense which the board considers advisable for the protection of its interest as holder of the securities; exercise any option appurtenant to any securities for the conversion of any securities into other securities; and exercise or sell any rights issued upon or with respect to the securities of any corporation, all upon terms the board considers advisable;
(5) Prosecute, defend, compromise, arbitrate or otherwise adjust or settle claims in favor of or against the board or a director;
(6) Employ and pay from the fund any investment advisors, brokers, counsel, managers and any other assistants and agents the board considers advisable;
(7) Develop, implement and modify an asset allocation plan and investment policy for each fund or pool; and
(8) Create a local government investment pool, a program to purchase certificates of deposit from West Virginia financial institutions that are state depositories and any funds, pools or participant accounts needed.
(b) All income and earnings are free from anticipation, alienation, assignment or pledge by, and free from attachment, execution, appropriation or control by or on behalf of, any and all creditors of any beneficiary by any proceeding at law, in equity, in bankruptcy or insolvency.
(c) The board shall render an annual accounting not more than one hundred twenty days following the close of the fiscal year.
(a) The Board shall develop, adopt, review or modify an asset allocation plan for the Consolidated Fund at each annual board meeting.
(b) The Board shall adopt, review, modify or cancel the investment policy of each fund or pool created at each annual board meeting. For each participant directed account authorized by the State Treasurer, staff of the Board shall develop an investment policy for the account and create the requested account. The Board shall review all existing participant directed accounts and investment policies at its annual meeting for modification.
(c) The board shall consider the following when adopting, reviewing, modifying or canceling investment policies:
(1) Preservation of capital;
(2) Risk tolerance;
(3) Credit standards;
(5) Rate of return;
(6) Stability and turnover;
(8) Reasonable costs and fees;
(9) Permissible investments;
(10) Maturity ranges;
(11) Internal controls;
(12) Safekeeping and custody;
(13) Valuation methodologies;
(14) Calculation of earnings and yields;
(15) Performance benchmarks and evaluation; and
(d) No security may be purchased by the board unless the type of security is on a list approved at a board meeting. The board shall review the list at its annual meeting.
(e) Notwithstanding the restrictions which are otherwise provided by law with respect to the investment of funds, the board and all participants, now and in the future, may invest funds in these securities:
(1) Obligations of, or obligations that are insured as to principal and interest by, the United States of America or any agency or corporation thereof and obligations and securities of the United States sponsored enterprises, including, without limitation:
(i) United States Treasury;
(ii) Export-Import Bank of the United States;
(iii) Farmers Home Administration;
(iv) Federal Farm Credit Banks;
(v) Federal Home Loan Banks;
(vi) Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation;
(vii) Federal Land Banks;
(viii) Government National Mortgage Association;
(ix) Merchant Marine bonds; and
(x) Tennessee Valley Authority Obligations;
(2) Obligations of the Federal National Mortgage Association;
(3) Commercial paper with one of the two highest commercial paper credit ratings by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization;
(4) Corporate debt rated in one of the six highest rating categories by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization;
(5) Corporate debt rated investment grade by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization for pools with a weighted average maturity or duration of at least three hundred sixty-six days;
(6) State and local government, or any instrumentality or agency thereof, securities with one of the three highest ratings by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization;
(7) Repurchase agreements involving the purchase of United States Treasury securities and repurchase agreements fully collateralized by obligations of the United States government or its agencies or instrumentalities;
(8) Reverse repurchase agreements involving the purchase of United States Treasury securities and reverse repurchase agreements fully collateralized by obligations of the United States government or its agencies or instrumentalities;
(9) Asset-backed securities rated in the highest category by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization;
(10) Certificates of deposit;
(11) Money market and other fixed income funds; and
(12) Investments in accordance with the Linked Deposit Program, a program using financial institutions in West Virginia to obtain certificates of deposit, loans approved by the Legislature and any other programs authorized by the Legislature.
(f) In addition to the restrictions and conditions contained in this section:
(1) At no time shall more than seventy-five percent of the Consolidated Fund be invested in any bond, note, debenture, commercial paper or other evidence of indebtedness of any private corporation or association;
(2) At no time shall more than five percent of the Consolidated Fund be invested in securities issued by a single private corporation or association; and
(3) At no time shall less than fifteen percent of the Consolidated Fund be invested in any direct obligation of or obligation guaranteed as to the payment of both principal and interest by the United States of America.
(b) The West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments shall make available, subject to a liquidity determination, in the form of a revolving loan, up to one hundred seventy-five million dollars from the Consolidated Fund to loan the West Virginia Economic Development Authority for business or industrial development projects authorized by section seven, article fifteen, chapter thirty-one of this code and to consolidate existing loans authorized to be made to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority pursuant to this section and pursuant to section twenty, article fifteen, chapter thirty-one of this code which authorizes a one hundred seventy-five million dollar revolving loan and article eighteen-b, chapter thirty-one of this code which authorizes a fifty million dollar investment pool: Provided, That the West Virginia Economic Development Authority may not loan more than fifteen million dollars for any one business or industrial development project. The revolving loan authorized by this subsection shall be secured by one note at a variable interest rate equal to the twelve-month average of the board's yield on its cash liquidity pool. The rate shall be set on the first day of July and adjusted annually on the same date. The maximum annual adjustment may not exceed one percent. Monthly payments made by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to the Board shall be calculated on a one hundred twenty-month amortization. The revolving loan is secured by a security interest that pledges and assigns the cash proceeds of collateral from all loans under this revolving loan pool. The West Virginia Economic Development Authority may also pledge as collateral certain revenue streams from other revolving loan pools which source of funds does not originate from federal sources or from the Board.
(c) The outstanding principal balance of the revolving loan from the Board to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority may at no time exceed one hundred three percent of the aggregate outstanding principal balance of the business and industrial loans from the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to economic development projects funded from this revolving loan pool. The independent audit of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority financial records shall annually certify that one hundred three percent requirement.
(d) The interest rates and maturity dates on the loans made by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority for business and industrial development projects authorized by section seven, article fifteen, chapter thirty-one of this code shall be at competitive rates and maturities as determined by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority Board.
(e) Any and all outstanding loans made by the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments, or any predecessor entity, to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority are refundable by proceeds of the revolving loan contained in this section and the Board shall make no loans to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority pursuant to section twenty, article fifteen, chapter thirty-one of this code or article eighteen-b of said chapter.
(f) The Directors of the Board shall bear no fiduciary responsibility with regard to any of the loans contemplated in this section.
(g) Subject to cash availability, the Board shall make available to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, from the Consolidated Fund, a nonresource loan in an amount up to twenty-five million dollars, for the purpose of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority making a loan or loans from time to time to the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation, an affiliated nonprofit corporation of the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The respective loans authorized by this subjection by the Board to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation shall each be evidenced by one note and shall each bear interest at the rate of three percent per annum. The proceeds of any and all loans made by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority to the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation pursuant to this subsection shall be invested by the West Virginia Enterprise Corporation in the West Virginia Enterprise Capital Fund, LLC, the manager of which is the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation. The loan to West Virginia Economic Development Authority authorized by this subsection shall be nonrevolving, and advances under the loan shall be made at times and in amounts requested or directed by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, upon reasonable notice to the Board. The loan authorized by this subsection is not subject to or included in the limitations set forth in subsection (b) of this section with respect to the fifteen million-dollar limitation for any one business or industrial development project and limitation of one hundred three percent of outstanding loans, and may not be included in the revolving fund loan principal balance for purposes of calculating the loan amortization in subsection (b) of this section. The loan authorized by this subsection to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority shall be classified by the Board as a long-term fixed income investment, shall bear interest on the outstanding principal balance of the loan at the rate of three percent per annum payable annually on or before the thirtieth day of June of each year, and the principal of which shall be repaid no later than the thirtieth day of June, two thousand twenty-two, in annual installments due on or before the thirtieth day of June of each year. The annual installments, which need not be equal shall commence no later than the thirtieth day of June, two thousand five, in annual principal amounts agreed upon between the Board and the West Virginia Economic Development Authority. The loan authorized by this subsection shall be nonrecourse and shall be payable by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority solely from amounts or returns received by the West Virginia Economic Development Authority in respect of the loan authorized by this subsection to the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation, whether in the form of interest, dividends, realized capital gains, return of capital or otherwise, in all of which the Board shall have a security interest to secure repayment of the loan to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority authorized by this subsection. Any and all loans from the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation made pursuant to this subsection shall also bear interest on the outstanding principal balance of the loan at the rate of three percent per annum payable annually on or before the thirtieth day of June of each year, shall be nonrecourse and shall be payable by the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation solely from amounts of returns received by the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation in respect to its investment in the West Virginia Enterprise Capital Fund, LLC, whether in the form of interest, dividends, realized capital gains, return of capital or otherwise, in all of which that Board shall have a security interest to secure repayment of the loan to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority authorized by this subsection. In the event the amounts or returns received by the West Virginia Enterprise Corporation in respect to its investment in the West Virginia Enterprise Capital Fund, LLC, are not adequate to pay when due the principal or interest installments, or both, with respect to the loan authorized by this subsection by the Board to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority, the principal or interest, or both, as the case may be, due on the loan made to the West Virginia Economic Development Authority pursuant to this subsection shall be deferred and any and all past-due principal and interest payments shall promptly be paid to the fullest extent possible upon receipt by the West Virginia Enterprise Advancement Corporation of moneys in respect to its investments in the West Virginia Enterprise Capital Fund, LLC. The Directors or the Board shall bear no fiduciary responsibility as provided in section thirteen of this article with regard to the loan authorized by this subsection.
(1) The directors shall diversify fund investment so as to minimize the risk of large losses unless, under the circumstances, it is clearly prudent not to do so;
(2) The directors shall defray reasonable expenses of investing and managing the Consolidated Fund by charging fees as provided in this article; and
(3) The directors shall discharge their duties in accordance with the documents and instruments consistent with the provisions of this article.
(b) The duties of the directors apply only with respect to those assets deposited with or otherwise held by the Board.
(b) The Board shall produce monthly financial statements for the assets managed by the Board and send them to each member of the Board and provide copies as reasonably requested.
(c) Each quarter the Board shall deliver a report for the prior quarter to the Council of Finance and Administration.
(d) The Board shall contract with an investment consulting or a certified public accounting firm meeting the criteria set out in subsection (a) of this section for an annual audit of the reported returns of the assets managed by the Board.
(e) The Board shall prepare an annual report detailing all fees charged by the Board under this article. The Board shall furnish copies of the report to the Legislative Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
(f) Unless specifically otherwise stated, copies of the reports required in this section shall be furnished to the Board, Governor, President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Delegates, Council of Finance and Administration, Legislative Librarian and upon request to any legislator, legislative committee, financial institution, member of the media and the public.
(g) The Board shall provide any other information requested in writing by the Council of Finance and Administration or any member of the Legislature.
(b) The Board shall prepare annually, or more frequently if determined necessary by the Board, a report of its operations and the performance of the various funds, pools and participant accounts administered by it. The Board shall furnish copies of the report to each participant, the President of the Senate, Speaker of the House of Delegates, Legislative Auditor, and upon request to any legislative committee, any legislator, any banking institution or state or federal savings and loan association in this state and any member of the news media. The Board shall also keep the reports available for inspection by any citizen of this state.
(b) The Board shall continue the work of the Investment Management Board in taking the steps necessary to increase the liquidity of the Consolidated Fund to allow for any loans authorized by the Legislature without increasing the risk of loss.
(b) There is created in the State Treasury a special account designated the Board of Treasury Investments Investment Fund for use in receiving funds for investment, disbursing funds from investments and processing investment transactions.
(c) All fees dedicated, identified or readily identifiable to an entity, fund, pool or participant account shall be charged to that entity, fund, pool or participant account and all other fees shall be charged as a percentage of assets under management. At its annual meeting, the Board shall adopt a fee schedule and a budget reflecting fee schedules.
Acts, 2010 Reg. Sess., Ch. 32.
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