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Chapter 20  |  Article 20 - 8  |  Section 2
WVC 20- CHAPTER 20. NATURAL RESOURCES.
WVC 20 - 8 - ARTICLE 8. GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.

WVC 20 - 8 - 1 §20-8-1. Transition in terms; continuity.

Whenever in this code and elsewhere in law the terms "the conservation commission of West Virginia," "conservation commission," "director of conservation" and similar and related terms are used and referenced, they shall be read, understood and construed in the light of the enactment of this chapter by which the conservation commission and the office of director of conservation are abolished and the responsibilities, functions and services thereof are transferred to and absorbed in the division of natural resources, the natural resources commission and the office of director of the division of natural resources as in this chapter provided.

Any litigation instituted, entered into or pending to which any of the governmental corporations and agencies abolished by this chapter are named parties may be continued and prosecuted to completion in such party names or, at the option of the litigants and by leave of court, such party names may be amended or changed to correspond with the names of the successor governmental corporations and agencies as in this chapter provided.

All contracts, compacts and agreements, heretofore entered into by any of the governmental corporations and agencies hereby abolished, shall continue to be the obligations of the respective successor corporations and agencies as in this chapter provided. No provision of this chapter shall be construed as impairing the obligation of any contract.

WVC 20 - 8 - 2 §20-8-2. Transfer of records, appropriations, facilities and other properties and assets.
As of the effective date of this chapter, the records, funds, unexpended appropriations, facilities, equipment and real and personal properties and assets of every kind and character belonging to, owned by or in the custody and control of any governmental corporation, agency, office or activity abolished or transferred to and absorbed in the department of natural resources by the provisions of this chapter shall be by each such governmental corporation, agency, office or activity transferred and delivered to the department of natural resources or to the identifiable successor to the abolished corporation, agency, office or activity as in this chapter established and constituted. It is the intent and purpose of the provisions of this section that continuity in the governmental operations, functions and services affected by this transition shall not be interrupted or impeded.

WVC 20 - 8 - 3 §20-8-3. Construction of chapter; severability.
The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed to effect the objects and purposes hereof. The provisions of the chapter shall be construed to be separable and severable and in the event any clause, sentence or provision hereof shall for any reason be construed or held to be unconstitutional or invalid, such unconstitutionality or invalidity shall not affect or impair the remaining provisions hereof.

WVC 20 - 8 - 4 §20-8-4. Effective date.
The provisions of this chapter shall become effective on the first day of July, one thousand nine hundred sixty-one.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2016 Regular Session
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Recent legislation affecting the Code

Citation Year/Session Short Title
§20 - 2 - 8 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 43
PASSED - Regular Session

SB43 SUB1 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Clarifying means of posting to prohibit hunting or trespassing
§20 - 2 - 42 O - (Amended Code)
§20 - 2 - 42 Z - (New Code)
§20 - 2 B- 9 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 303
PASSED - Regular Session

SB303 SUB2 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/08/2016)
Providing for 5-day resident fishing license
§20 - 2 - 4 - (Amended Code)
§20 - 2 - 21 - (Amended Code)
§20 - 2 - 22 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 333
PASSED - Regular Session

SB333 enr  (Uploaded - 03/17/2016)
Taking and registering of wildlife
§20 - 1 - 2 - (Amended Code)
SENATE BILL - 334
PASSED - Regular Session

SB334 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/10/2016)
Identifying coyote as fur-bearing animal and woodchuck as game animal
§20 - 2 - 58 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4174
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4174 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/18/2016)
Exempting activity at indoor shooting ranges from the prohibition of shooting or discharging a firearm within five hundred feet of any church or dwelling house
§20 - 7 - 8 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4279
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4279 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/07/2016)
Relating to disposition of seized firearms
§20 - 2 - 64 - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4330
PASSED - Regular Session

HB4330 SUB ENR  (Uploaded - 03/07/2016)
Relating to make unlawful to take a fish, water animal or other aquatic organism from state waters to stock a commercial pond or lake
§20 - 2 - 22 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4346
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4346 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/10/2016)
Relating to bear hunting and offenses and penalties
§20 - 2 - 5 A - (Amended Code)
HOUSE BILL - 4411
PASSED - Regular Session

hb4411 ENR  (Uploaded - 03/11/2016)
Relating to penalty for illegally taking native brook trout
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