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WVC 12 - CHAPTER 12. PUBLIC MONEYS AND SECURITIES.
WVC 12 - 1 - ARTICLE 1. STATE DEPOSITORIES.

WVC 12 - 1 - 1 §12-1-1. Legislative findings and purpose.
The Legislature finds and declares that the efficient collection, disbursement, management and investment of public moneys in the state treasury will benefit the citizens, teachers and public employees of this state by reducing the costs of government and providing sources of increased revenue without the necessity of increased taxation; and to achieve these goals, the state treasurer shall provide a stable and continuous source of professional financial management, and shall be given the authority to develop and maintain modern systems, consistent with sound financial practices, for the collection, disbursement, management and investment of such moneys in conjunction with the state treasurer.

WVC 12 - 1 - 2 §12-1-2. Depositories for demand deposits; categories of demand deposits; competitive bidding for disbursement accounts; maintenance of deposits by State Treasurer; definition of spending unit.
(a) The State Treasurer shall designate the state and national banks and the state and federal savings and loan associations in this state meeting the requirements of this chapter as depositories for all state funds placed in demand deposits.

(b)(1) Demand deposit accounts shall consist of receipt and disbursement accounts. Receipt accounts are accounts in which are deposited moneys belonging to or due the State of West Virginia or any official, department, board, commission or agency of the state.

(2) Disbursement accounts are accounts from which are paid moneys due from the State of West Virginia or any official, department, board, commission, political subdivision or agency of the state to any political subdivision, person, firm or corporation, except moneys paid from investment accounts.

(3) Investment accounts are accounts established by the West Virginia Investment Management Board, the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments or the State Treasurer for the buying and selling of securities for investment purposes.

(c) The State Treasurer shall propose rules for legislative approval, in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, concerning depositories for receipt accounts prescribing the selection criteria, procedures, compensation and any other contractual terms it considers to be in the best interests of the state giving due consideration to: (1) The activity of the various accounts maintained in the depositories; (2) the reasonable value of the banking services rendered or to be rendered the state by the depositories; and (3) the value and importance of the deposits to the economy of the communities and the various areas of the state affected by the deposits.

(d) The State Treasurer shall select depositories for disbursement accounts through competitive bidding by eligible banks in this state. If none of the eligible banks in this state are able to provide the needed services, then the State Treasurer may include eligible banks outside this state in the competitive bidding process. The State Treasurer shall propose rules for legislative approval in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, prescribing the procedures and criteria for the bidding and selection. The State Treasurer shall, in the invitations for bids, specify the approximate amounts of deposits, the duration of contracts to be awarded and any other contractual terms the State Treasurer considers to be in the best interests of the state, consistent with obtaining the most efficient service at the lowest cost.

The amount of money needed for current operation purposes of the state government, as determined by the State Treasurer, shall be maintained at all times in the State Treasury, in cash, in short term investments not to exceed five days or in disbursement accounts with financial institutions designated as depositories in accordance with the provisions of this section. No state officer or employee shall make or cause to be made any deposits of state funds in financial institutions which have not been designated as depositories.

(e) Except as otherwise provided in this code, only banks and state and federal savings and loan associations designated by the State Treasurer as depositories may accept deposits of state funds. Only the Legislature and the State Treasurer may determine whether funds are state funds and only the State Treasurer may approve the opening of an account or processing of a transaction with a financial institution.

(f) Boards, commissions and spending units with authority pursuant to this code to deposit moneys in a financial institution without approval of the State Treasurer shall retain that authority and are not required to have the State Treasurer designate a financial institution as a depository: Provided, That boards, commissions and spending units with moneys deposited in financial institutions not approved for that purpose by the State Treasurer shall submit a report on those moneys annually to the Legislative Auditor and the State Treasurer.

(g) The provisions of this section shall not apply to the proceeds from the sale of general obligation bonds or bonds issued by the School Building Authority, the Parkways, Economic Development and Tourism Authority, the Housing Development Fund, the Economic Development Authority, the Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council, the Water Development Authority or the Hospital Finance Authority.

(h) As used in this chapter, "spending unit" means a department, agency, board, commission or institution of state government for which an appropriation is requested, or to which an appropriation is made by the Legislature.

WVC 12 - 1 - 3 §12-1-3. Depositories for interest earning deposits; qualifications.

     Any state or national bank or any state or federal savings and loan association in this state shall, upon request made to the State Treasurer, be designated as an eligible depository for interest earning deposits of state funds if such bank or state or federal savings and loan association meets the requirements set forth in this chapter. For purposes of this article, the term "interest earning deposits" includes certificates of deposit or other financial institution products. The State Treasurer shall make and apportion such interest earning deposits and shall prescribe the interest rates, terms and conditions of deposits, all in accordance with the provisions of articles six and six-c of this chapter: Provided, That state or federal savings and loan associations insured by an agency of the federal government shall be eligible for such deposits not in excess of the amount insured by any agency of the federal government. WVC 12 - 1 - 4 §12-1-4. Bonds to be given by depositories.
(a) Before allowing any money to be deposited with any eligible depository in excess of the amount insured by an agency of the federal government or insured by a deposit guaranty bond issued by a valid bankers surety company acceptable to the treasurer, the State Treasurer shall require the depository to give a collaterally secured bond, in the amount of not less than $10,000, payable to the State of West Virginia, conditioned upon the prompt payment, whenever lawfully required, of any state money, or part thereof, that may be deposited with that depository, or of any accrued interest on deposits. The bond shall be a continuous bond but may be increased or decreased in amount or replaced by a new bond with the approval of the State Treasurer. The collateral security for the bond shall consist of bonds of the United States, or bonds or letters of credit of the federal land banks, of the federal home loan banks, or bonds of the State of West Virginia or of any county, district or municipality of this state, or other bonds, letters of credit, or securities approved by the treasurer. All bonds so secured are here designated as collaterally secured bonds. Withdrawal or substitution of any collateral pledged as security for the performance of the conditions of the bond may be permitted with the approval in writing of the treasurer. All depository bonds shall be recorded by the treasurer in a book kept in his or her office for the purpose, and a copy of the record, certified by the treasurer, shall be prima facie evidence of the execution and contents of the bond in any suit or legal proceeding. All collateral securities shall be delivered to or deposited for the account of the treasurer of the State of West Virginia and in the event said securities are delivered to the treasurer, he or she shall furnish a receipt therefor to the owner thereof. The treasurer and his or her bondsmen shall be liable to any person for any loss by reason of the embezzlement or misapplication of the securities by the treasurer or any of his or her employees, and for the loss thereof due to his or her negligence or the negligence of his or her employees; and the securities shall be delivered to the

owner thereof when liability under the bond which they are pledged to secure has terminated. The treasurer may permit the deposit under proper receipt of the securities with one or more banking institutions within or outside the State of West Virginia and may contract with any institution for safekeeping and exchange of any collateral securities and may prescribe the rules for handling and protecting the collateral securities.

(b) A banking institution is not required to provide a bond or security in lieu of bond if the deposits accepted are placed in certificates of deposit meeting the following requirements: (1) The funds are invested through a designated state depository selected by the treasurer; (2) the selected depository arranges for the deposit of the funds in certificates of deposit in one or more banks or savings and loan associations wherever located in the United States, for the account of the state; (3) the full amount of principal and accrued interest of each certificate of deposit is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; (4) the selected depository acts as custodian for the state with respect to such certificates of deposit issued for the state's account; and (5) at the same time that the state's funds are deposited and the certificates of deposit are issued, the selected depository receives an amount of deposits from customers of other financial institutions wherever located in the United States equal to or greater than the amount of the funds invested by the state through the selected depository.

(c) A banking institution is not required to provide a bond or security in lieu of bond pursuant to this section if the deposits accepted are placed in a designated state depository that is selected and authorized by the state to arrange for the redeposit of the funds through a deposit placement program that meets the following conditions:

(1) On or after the date that the funds are received the selected depository: (i) Arranges for the redeposit of the funds into deposit accounts in one or more federally insured banks or savings and loan associations that are located in the United States; and (ii) serves as custodian for the state with respect to the funds redeposited into such accounts.

(2) State funds deposited in a selected depository in accordance with this section and held at the close of business in the selected depository in excess of the amount insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation shall be secured in accordance with section two, article six, chapter seven of this code.

(3) The full amount of the funds of the state redeposited by the selected depository into deposit accounts in banks or savings and loan associations pursuant to this section (plus accrued interest, if any) shall be insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

(4) On the same date that the funds of the state are redeposited pursuant to this section, the selected depository receives an amount of deposits from customers of other financial institutions through the deposit placement program that are equal to the amount of the state funds redeposited by the selected depository.

WVC 12 - 1 - 5 §12-1-5. Limitation on amount of deposits.
The amount of state funds on deposit in any depository in excess of either the amount insured by an agency of the federal government or the amount insured by a deposit guaranty bond issued by a valid bankers surety company acceptable to the treasurer shall not exceed ninety percent of the value of collateral pledged on the collaterally secured bond given by the depository. The value of the collateral shall be determined by the treasurer.

WVC 12 - 1 - 6 §12-1-6. Unlawful acceptance of deposits by depositories.
It is unlawful for any depository to accept and retain state deposits in excess of the amount permitted by application of the preceding section or in an amount greater than its paid up capital stock and surplus.

WVC 12 - 1 - 7 §12-1-7. Rules; banking contracts and agreements; depositors; agreements.
In addition to rules specially authorized in this article, the West Virginia investment management board and the state treasurer are generally authorized to promulgate any rules necessary to protect the interests of the state, its depositories and taxpayers. All rules promulgated are subject to the provisions of article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code. Any rules previously established by the board of public works, the board of investments, the investment management board or the state treasurer pursuant to this article shall remain in effect until amended, superseded or rescinded.

Only the treasurer may enter into contracts or agreements with financial institutions for banking goods or services required by spending units. Boards, commissions and spending units with authority pursuant to this code to enter into contracts or agreements with financial institution for banking goods and services without approval of the state treasurer shall retain that authority and are not required to have the treasurer designate a financial institution as a depository. The provisions of this section shall not apply to trust and investment accounts and activities for general obligation bonds or bonds issued by the school building authority, the parkways, economic development and tourism authority, the housing development fund, the economic development authority, the infrastructure and jobs development council, the water development authority or the hospital finance authority. A state spending unit requiring banking goods or services shall submit a request for the goods or services to the treasurer. If the treasurer enters into a contract or agreement for the required goods or services, spending units using the contract or agreement shall pay either the vendor or the treasurer for the goods or services used.

The treasurer is also authorized to enter into any depositors' agreements for the purpose of reorganizing or rehabilitating any depository in which state funds are deposited, and for the purpose of transferring the assets, in whole or in part, of any depository to any other lawful depository when, in the judgment of the treasurer, the interests of the state are promoted thereby, and upon condition that no right of the state to preferred payment is waived.

WVC 12 - 1 - 8 §12-1-8. Conflict of interest.

     An employee or a person applying for a position with the office of the Treasurer shall disclose to the Treasurer if he or she, or his or her spouse, is an officer, director or employee of a depository or owns greater than two percent of a depository. Any employee of the office of the Treasurer who, or whose spouse, is an officer, director or employee of a depository or owns greater than two percent of a depository may not participate in any selection of or in any contract negotiations with any depository. WVC 12 - 1 - 9 §12-1-9. Transfer of funds by check or electronic funds transfer; requirements.
Subject to applicable banking regulations or state law, the treasurer may transfer funds by check or electronic funds transfer whenever actually needed to pay the warrants drawn by the auditor upon the treasury, to equalize deposits or to provide funds to purchase investments for the account of the state. All checks drawn for transfer of funds shall have printed or stamped on the face of same "for transfer of funds only", or if the transfer is made by electronic funds transfer, the electronic funds transfer and supporting documents shall be marked "for transfer of funds only".

WVC 12 - 1 - 10 §12-1-10. The treasurer to keep accounts with depositories; settlements with depositories; statements of depository balances; reconciliation of statements and records.
The treasurer shall keep in his office or her office a record showing the account of each depository. Under the account of each depository an entry shall be made showing the amount and date of each deposit, the amount and date of each withdrawal and the balance on deposit. The treasurer shall cause the state's account with each depository to be settled at the end of every month of the year and the balance in the depository to the credit of the treasury to be carried forward to the account of the next month.

All the statements and records shall be reconciled monthly and the reconciled reports shall be kept in the treasurer's office. The reconciled records for each month shall be kept in the treasurer's office for a period of five years.

WVC 12 - 1 - 11 §12-1-11. Reports by depositories to Treasurer; discontinuance of depositories.

     (a) Each depository of state funds shall at the end of each quarter cause its president or designated officer to report to the Treasurer the amount of state funds on deposit and the report shall be verified by the affidavit of the officer making it. The form and contents of the report shall be prescribed by the Treasurer and may be in an electronic format.

     (b) For the failure to file the report, or for other good cause, the Treasurer may discontinue any depository as an eligible depository and cause all state funds to be withdrawn from any depository or depositories discontinued.

     (c) When a depository is discontinued, the Treasurer shall immediately notify such depository of its discontinuance, and shall immediately withdraw by current checks or by transfer to another depository or depositories the full amount of the deposits held by any depository discontinued. After discontinuance, it shall be unlawful for the Treasurer to deposit any state funds in any depository discontinued until such time as the depository may be reinstated to eligibility. WVC 12 - 1 - 12 §12-1-12. Investing funds in treasury; depositories outside the state.
(a) When the funds in the Treasury exceed the amount needed for current operational purposes, as determined by the State Treasurer, the State Treasurer shall make all excess funds available for investment by the Board of Treasury Investments which shall invest the excess for the benefit of the general revenue fund: Provided, That the State Treasurer, after reviewing the cash flow needs of the state, may withhold and invest amounts not to exceed one hundred twenty-five million dollars of the operating funds needed to meet current operational purposes. Investments made by the State Treasurer under this section shall be made in short term investments not to exceed five days. Operating funds means the consolidated fund established in section eight, article six of this chapter, including all cash and investments of the fund.

(b) Spending units with authority to retain interest or earnings on a fund or account may submit requests to the State Treasurer to transfer moneys to a specific investment pool of the Investment Management Board or the Board of Treasury Investments and retain any interest or earnings on the money invested. The general revenue fund shall receive all interest or other earnings on money invested that are not designated for a specific fund or account.

(c) Whenever the funds in the Treasury exceed the amount for which depositories within the state have qualified, or the depositories within the state which have qualified are unwilling to receive larger deposits, the State Treasurer may designate depositories outside the state, disbursement accounts being bid for in the same manner as required by depositories within the state, and when depositories outside the state have qualified by giving the bond prescribed in section four of this article, the State Treasurer shall deposit funds in the same manner as funds are deposited in depositories within the state under this article.

(d) The State Treasurer may transfer funds to financial institutions outside the state to meet obligations to paying agents outside the state if the financial institution meets the same collateral requirements as set forth in this article.

WVC 12-1-12A §12-1-12a. Investment of operating funds for cash flow needs.
(a) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that the cash flow needs of the state require short term and liquid investments, and that up to one hundred twenty-five million dollars of the operating funds of the state should be sufficient to meet cash flow needs. The Legislature further finds that the state treasurer may withhold from transfer to the investment management board up to one hundred twenty-five million dollars of the operating funds of the state and invest those funds in short term and liquid investments.

(b) The state treasurer may exercise any and all powers reasonably necessary or appropriate to carry out and effectuate the purposes of this section.

(c) Investments shall be made in accordance with the provisions of the "Uniform Prudent Investor Act" codified as article six-c, chapter forty-four of this code.

(d) The state treasurer is authorized to invest the funds in repurchase agreements fully collateralized by obligations of the United States government or its agencies or instrumentalities.

(e) The state treasurer shall prepare monthly a report of the investments he or she administers. A copy of each report shall be furnished to the president of the Senate, speaker of the House, legislative auditor, council of finance and administration, and upon request to any legislative committee, banking institution, state or federal savings and loan association in this state, and any member of the news media. The report shall also be kept available for inspection by the public.

WVC 12 - 1 - 12 B §12-1-12b. Cash Management Improvement Act; administration; reports.
(a) The Cash Management Improvement Act of 1990, Public Law 101-453, October 24, 1990, 31 U.S.C. Section 6501 et. seq. (CMIA) and regulations, as amended, establishes requirements and techniques, including calculations, for the receipt and disbursement of federal funds by states. The authorized official and representative of the State of West Virginia for the CMIA is the State Treasurer.

(b) In administering the CMIA, the State Treasurer is authorized to do all things reasonably necessary, including without limitation, entering into agreements with, negotiating settlements with, refunding any interest due and satisfying any liability to the United States Treasury in accordance with the CMIA.

(c) Periodically, the State Treasurer shall transfer to the "Federal Cash Management Fund", which is hereby authorized and continued, earnings on the State General Revenue Fund in an amount the Treasurer estimates is needed to make refunds in accordance with the CMIA. After each annual settlement with the United States Treasury, the State Treasurer shall transfer to the State General Revenue Fund any moneys remaining in the Federal Cash Management Interest Fund for the period just settled.

(d) The State Treasurer shall also transfer periodically to the "Federal Cash Management - Administration Fund," which is hereby authorized and continued, earnings on the State General Revenue Fund in an amount the Treasurer determines is needed to pay for the costs of administering the CMIA. The State Treasurer may pay the costs he or she incurs in administering the CMIA from the Federal Cash Management-Administration Fund.

(e) All state spending units shall cooperate fully with the State Treasurer in accumulating all the necessary data elements to fully comply with the CMIA.

(f) The State Treasurer shall send quarterly reports on the activities involving the CMIA to the Governor, Auditor, Secretary of Revenue and Joint Committee on Government and Finance.

WVC 12 - 1 - 12 C §12-1-12c.

     Repealed.

Acts, 2013 Reg. Sess., Ch. 179. WVC 12 - 1 - 12 D §12-1-12d. Investments by Marshall University, West Virginia University and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine.

     (a) Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, the governing boards of Marshall University, West Virginia University and West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine each may invest certain funds with its respective nonprofit foundation that has been established to receive contributions exclusively for that university and which exists on January 1, 2005. The investment is subject to the limitations of this section.

     (b) A governing board, through its chief financial officer, may enter into agreements, approved as to form by the State Treasurer, for the investment by its foundation of certain funds subject to their administration. Any interest or earnings on the moneys invested is retained by the investing university.

     (c) Moneys of a university that may be invested with its foundation pursuant to this section are those subject to the administrative control of the university that are collected under an act of the Legislature for specific purposes and do not include any funds made available to the university from the State General Revenue Fund or the funds established in section eighteen or eighteen-a, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code. Moneys permitted to be invested under this section may be aggregated in an investment fund for investment purposes.

     (d) Of the moneys authorized for investment by this section, Marshall University, West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and West Virginia University each, respectively, may have invested with its foundation at any time not more than the greater of:

     (1) Sixty million dollars for Marshall University, $25 million for West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and $70 million for West Virginia University; or

     (2) Sixty-five percent of its unrestricted net assets as presented in the statement of net assets for the fiscal year end audited financial reports.

     (e) Investments by foundations that are authorized under this section shall be made in accordance with and subject to the provisions of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act, codified as article six-c, chapter forty-four of this code. As part of its fiduciary responsibilities, each governing board shall establish investment policies in accordance with the Uniform Prudent Investor Act for those moneys invested with its foundation. The governing board shall review, establish and modify, if necessary, the investment objectives as incorporated in its investment policies so as to provide for the financial security of the moneys invested with its foundation. The governing boards shall give consideration to the following:

     (1) Preservation of capital;

     (2) Diversification;

     (3) Risk tolerance;

     (4) Rate of return;

     (5) Stability;

     (6) Turnover;

     (7) Liquidity; and

     (8) Reasonable cost of fees.

     (f) A governing board shall report annually by December 31 to the Governor and to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance on the performance of investments managed by its foundation pursuant to this section.

     (g) The amendments to this section in the second extraordinary session of the Legislature in 2010 apply retroactively so that the authority granted by this section shall be construed as if that authority did not expire on July 1, 2010. WVC 12 - 1 - 13 §12-1-13. Payment of banking services and litigation costs for prior investment losses.
(a) The State Treasurer is authorized to pay for banking services, and goods and services ancillary to the banking services, by either a compensating balance in an account maintained at the financial institution providing the services or with a state warrant as described in section one, article three of this chapter.

(b) The Investment Management Board may pay for the investigation and pursuit of claims against third parties for the investment losses incurred during the period beginning on the first day of August, one thousand nine hundred eighty-four, and ending on the thirty-first day of August, one thousand nine hundred eighty-nine. The payment may be in the form of a state warrant.

(c) If payment is made by a state warrant, the West Virginia Board of Treasury Investments, at the request of the State Treasurer, may establish within the consolidated fund an investment pool which will generate sufficient income to pay for all banking services provided to the state and to pay for the investigation and pursuit of the prior investment loss claims. All income earned by the investment pool shall be paid into a special account of the State Treasurer known as the banking services account to pay for all banking services and goods and services ancillary to the banking services provided to the state, for the investigation and pursuit of the prior investment loss claims, and for amortization of the balance in the investment imbalance fund.

WVC 12 - 1 - 12 D §12-1-12d. Investments by Marshall University and West Virginia   University.
     (a) Notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, the governing boards of Marshall University and West Virginia University each may invest certain funds with its respective nonprofit foundation that has been established to receive contributions exclusively for that university and which exists on January 1, 2005. Any such investment is subject to the limitations of this section.

     (b) A governing board, through its chief financial officer may enter into agreements, approved as to form by the State Treasurer, for the investment by its foundation of certain funds subject to their administration. Any interest or earnings on the moneys invested is retained by the investing university.

     (c) Moneys of a university that may be invested with its foundation pursuant to this section are those subject to the administrative control of the university that are collected under an act of the Legislature for specific purposes and do not include any funds made available to the university from the state General Revenue Fund or the funds established in sections eighteen or eighteen-a, article twenty-two, chapter twenty-nine of this code. Moneys permitted to be invested under this section may be aggregated in an investment fund for investment purposes.

     (d) Of the moneys authorized for investment by this section, Marshall University and West Virginia University each, respectively, may have invested with its foundation at any time not more than the greater of:

     (1) $18 million for Marshall University and $25 million for West Virginia University; or

     (2) Sixty-five percent of its unrestricted net assets as presented in the statement of net assets for the fiscal year end audited financial reports.

     (3) Notwithstanding subdivisions (1) and (2) of this subsection, with the approval of the Higher Education Policy Commission, Marshall University may increase the amount invested to $30 million and West Virginia University may increase the amount invested to $40 million.

     (e) Investments by foundations that are authorized under this section shall be made in accordance with and subject to the provisions of the Uniform Prudent Investor Act codified as article six-c, chapter forty-four of this code. As part of its fiduciary responsibilities, each governing board shall establish investment policies in accordance with the Uniform Prudent Investor Act for those moneys invested with its foundation. The governing board shall review, establish and modify, if necessary, the investment objectives as incorporated in its investment policies so as to provide for the financial security of the moneys invested with its foundation. The governing boards shall give consideration to the following:

     (1) Preservation of capital;

(2) Diversification;

(3) Risk tolerance;

(4) Rate of return;

(5) Stability;

(6) Turnover;

(7) Liquidity; and

(8) Reasonable cost of fees.

     (f) A governing board shall report annually by December 31 to the Governor and to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance on the performance of investments managed by its foundation pursuant to this section.

          (g) The amendments to this section in the second extraordinary session of the Legislature in 2010 shall apply retroactively so that the authority granted by this section shall be construed as if that authority did not expire on July 1, 2010.

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