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Enrolled Version - Final Version House Bill 2539 History

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ENROLLED

H. B. 2539


(By Delegates Morgan, Stephens,

Argento, Cann and C. Miller)



[Passed April 11, 2009; in effect ninety days from passage.]



AN ACT to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-1-19, relating to professional licensing boards; authorizing the combining of administrative staff functions of boards ; requiring consultation with the office of the Attorney General; requiring memorandum of understanding; and authorizing emergency rules and rulemaking.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:

That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §30-1-19, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO STATE BOARDS.

§30-1-19. Combining board staff functions.

(a) Any board referred to in this chapter may combine administrative staff functions with any other board or boards referred to in this chapter, pursuant to the provisions of subsection (b) of this section,
to carry out the administrative duties of the board s as set forth in this article, the practice acts of each board set forth in this chapter and the legislative rules of each board: Provided, That each board retains responsibility for fulfilling its statutory duties.
(b) Before combining administrative staff functions pursuant to subsection (a) of this section, the boards shall, in consultation with the office of the Attorney General, enter into a memorandum of understanding with the following provisions:
(1) The names of the boards combining administrative staff functions;

(2) The administrative
staff functions being combined, including the staffs' titles and duties relative to each board;
(3) The prorata share of expenses that each board will be responsible for paying, including salaries, office rent, office supplies, telephone, fax and computer services, travel expenses and any other expenses anticipated by the boards;
(4) A description of how decisions will be made by the boards, including employment of staff, the staff's functions and duties, and any other necessary decisions;
(5) A description of how modifications may be made to the terms of the agreement; and
(6) Any other
provisions necessary to set forth the agreement of the boards.
(c) The boards that combine administrative staff functions pursuant to this section
, may promulgate rules in accordance with the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to make any necessary changes to facilitate the combining of administrative staff functions. The boards may also promulgate emergency rules pursuant to the provisions of section fifteen, article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code, to correct any conflicts with a board's current rules.

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