H. B. 2497
(By Delegate Caputo)
[Introduced January 13, 2010; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
A BILL to amend and reenact §21A-6A-3 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to granting the Governor authority
to grant an extension for unemployment compensation benefits
when special circumstances exist.
of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 6A. EXTENDED BENEFITS PROGRAM.
§21A-6A-3. Eligibility requirements for extended benefits.
(a) An individual
shall be is eligible to receive extended
benefits with respect to any week of unemployment in his or her
eligibility period, except as otherwise provided in subsection (b)
of this section, only if the commissioner finds that with respect
to such week:
(1) He or she is an "exhaustee" as defined in subdivision
ten nine, section one of this article;
(2) He or she has satisfied the eligibility requirements of
this chapter for the receipt of regular benefits which are
applicable to individuals claiming extended benefits, including not
being subject to a disqualification for the receipt of benefits.
(b) The Governor has authority to grant an individual extended
benefits in the event the Governor finds that special economic
circumstances exist that otherwise justify the payment of the
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to grant the Governor
authority to grant an extension for unemployment compensation
benefits when special economic circumstances exist.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would