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H. B. 2860

 

         (By Delegates Mahan, Boggs, Brown, Fleischauer,

T. Campbell, Doyle, Cowles, Perdue and Miley)

         [Introduced January 26, 2011; referred to the

         Committee on the Judiciary.]

 

 

 

A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §15-9-5, relating to the authorization of the promulgation of rules by the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction; meetings; and the composition of advisory committee members.

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 §15-9-5, to read as follows:

ARTICLE 9. GOVERNOR’S COMMITTEE ON CRIME, DELINQUENCY AND CORRECTION.

§15-9-5. Authorization for the promulgation of legislative rules.

    (a) The Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction shall develop and promulgate rules for state, county and municipal law-enforcement officers, law-enforcement agencies and communications and emergency operations centers which dispatch law-enforcement officers with regard to child abuse and neglect: Provided, That such rules and procedures must be consistent with the priority criteria prescribed by generally applicable department procedures.

    (b) The rules and the revisions thereof as provided in this section shall be proposed as legislative rules for legislative approval in accordance with article three chapter twenty-nine-a of this code.

    (c) Prior to the publication of proposed rules, the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction shall convene a meeting or meetings of an advisory committee to assist in the development of the rules.

    (d) The advisory committee shall meet at least on a biennial basis to review the rules and to propose revisions as a result of changes in law or policy.

    (e) The advisory committee shall be composed of:

    (1) The Director of the Prosecuting Attorney’s Institute or his or her designee;

    (2) The State Superintendent of the West Virginia State Police or his or her designee;

    (3) One representative of law enforcement with experience in investigating child abuse and neglect cases representing municipalities appointed by the Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction;

    (4) One representative of law enforcement with experience in investigating child abuse and neglect cases representing counties appointed by the Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction;

    (5) The Commissioner of the Bureau for Children and Families of the Department of Health and Human Resources or his or her designee;

    (6) A health care provider with pediatric experience and child abuse expertise;

    (7) The Director of the Division of Children’s Services of the Administrative Office of the Courts or his or her designee, as a nonvoting member;

    (8) The Director of the West Virginia Child Advocacy Network or his or her designee;

    (9) The Director of the West Virginia Developmental Disabilities Council or his or her designee;

    (10) An individual representing communications and emergency operations centers that dispatch law-enforcement officers; and

    (11) Other persons or organizations who, in the discretion of the Executive Director of the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Corrections have an interest in the rules: Provided, That the total number of the advisory committee shall not exceed sixteen.


    NOTE: The purpose of this bill relates to the authorization of the promulgation of rules by the Governor’s Committee on Crime, Delinquency and Correction to establish procedures for the investigation of child abuse and neglect investigations.


    This section is new; therefore, it has been completely underscored.

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