CHAPTER 49. CHILD WELFARE.
ARTICLE 5C. COMMITTEES ON JUVENILE LAW.
§49-5C-1. Creation of committees.
The Legislature shall create such committees and forums as may
be necessary to oversee matters related to juvenile law, placement,
housing, detention and correctional facilities. The Legislature
shall delegate or contract such responsibilities and duties to
other governmental bodies as needed.
§49-5C-2. Powers and duties.
The powers and duties of the committees shall include, but not
be limited to, the following:
(a) Studying the status and effectiveness of the laws relating
to juvenile proceedings, the juvenile referee system, and the West
Virginia juvenile offender rehabilitation act, and making
recommendations as to any changes needed in the system and the ways
and means to effect such changes;
(b) Making further and more specific recommendations within
the scope of the study as to the detention of juvenile offenders,
considering both short and long-term detention;
(c) Considering existing juvenile detention facilities and
making recommendations, with particular attention to financing, as
to the need for updating present facilities and/or creating new
facilities and the location of each;
(d) Filing a report to each regular session of the Legislature
which will include drafts of legislation necessary to effectuate
(e) Maintaining reference materials concerning juvenile
offenders including, without limitation, information as to laws and
systems in other states;
(f) Visiting, inspecting, and interviewing residents of
juvenile institutions, detention facilities, and places wherein
West Virginia juveniles may be held involuntarily and making public
reports of such reviews;
(g) Overseeing the maintenance and improvement of the system
of predispositional detention of juveniles.
§49-5C-3. Appointment of members.
The committees may include qualified members of the general
public as well as members of the Senate and the House of Delegates.
An effort shall be made to include representatives of more than one
political party on each committee.
§49-5C-4. Time and place of meetings.
The committees shall hold meetings at such times and places as
they may designate.
§49-5C-5. Assistance of other agencies.
The committees may request information from any state officer
or agency in order to assist in carrying out the terms of this
article, and such officer or agency is authorized and directed to
promptly furnish any data requested.
§49-5C-6. Expenses; reimbursement.
The members of the committees and their assistants shall be
reimbursed for all expenses actually and necessarily incurred in
the performance of their duties hereunder by the joint committee on
government and finance from the joint expenses fund.
Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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