H. B. 2027
(By Delegates Manypenny, Frazier and Fleischauer)
[Introduced January 11, 2012; referred to the Committee on Government Organization then the Judiciary.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §8A-12-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to requiring county commissions to adopt and implement county farmland protection programs.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §8A-12-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 12. VOLUNTARY FARMLAND PROTECTION PROGRAMS.
§8A-12-2. County farmland protection programs and farmland protection boards authorized; authority of county commission to approve purchase of farmland easements; expense reimbursement of actual expenses for the board members.
(a) The county commission of each county may shall adopt and implement a farmland protection program within the county. The county commission of each county which decides to adopt and implement a farmland protection program shall appoint a farmland protection board. The farmland protection board shall administer on behalf of the county commission all matters concerning farmland protection. The county commission has final approval authority for any and all purchases of easements for the farmland protection program by the board.
(b) The farmland protection board shall adopt bylaws prescribing the board’s officers, meeting dates, record-keeping procedures, meeting attendance requirements and other internal operational procedures. The member of the farmland protection board who is a county commissioner shall serve as temporary chairman of the board until the board’s bylaws are adopted and until the board’s officers are selected as prescribed by those bylaws. The farmland protection board shall prepare a document proposing a farmland protection program which is consistent with the Legislature’s intent.
(c) Each member of the board shall receive expense reimbursement for actual expenses incurred while engaged in the discharge of official duties, the actual expenses not to exceed the amount paid to members of the Legislature.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require county commissions to adopt and implement county farmland protection programs.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.