H. B. 4012
(By Delegates Morgan, Manypenny, Martin and
[Introduced January 12, 2012; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization.]
A BILL to amend and reenact §16-1-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; and to amend and reenact §30-16-4 of said code; and to amend and reenact §30-26-3 of said code; all relating to boards; changing the membership of boards; removing the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health from certain boards; removing the requirement that the commissioner provide support to certain boards; and updating the name of certain boards.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §16-1-7 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted; that §30-16-4 of said code be amended and reenacted and that §30-26-3 of said code be amended and reenacted, all to read as follows:
CHAPTER 16. PUBLIC HEALTH.
ARTICLE 1. STATE PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM.
§16-1-7. Duties and powers of the commissioner; service on advisory councils; boards and commissions; authority to designate a representative to serve in his or her place on certain boards and commissions.
(a) The commissioner shall serve on the following business, profession or occupation licensing boards:
(1) The West Virginia Board of Barbers and Cosmetologists;
(2) The West Virginia board of chiropractic examiners;
(3) The West Virginia board of hearing aid dealers;
(4) (1) The West Virginia Board of Medicine, provided in article three, chapter thirty;
(5) The West Virginia nursing home administrators licensing board;
(6) (2) The West Virginia radiologic technology board of examiners The West Virginia Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy Technology Board of Examiners, as provided in article twenty-three, chapter thirty; and
(7) (3) The West Virginia board of registration for sanitarians The State Board of Sanitarians, as provided in article seventeen, chapter thirty.
(8) Any other licensing board or commission as directed by the secretary.
(b) The commissioner shall serve serves on the following advisory councils, boards and commissions:
(1) The Advisory Committee on Cancer (Cancer Registry);
(2) The Advisory Committee on Hemophilia;
(3) (2) The Air Quality Board;
(4) (3) The Appalachian States Low-level Radioactive Waste Commission;
(5) The Attorney General of West Virginia Public Health Trust;
(6) The Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program Advisory Coalition;
(7) (4) The Child Fatality Review Team;
(8) The Clinical Laboratories Quality Assurance Act Advisory Board;
(9) (5) The Childhood Immunization Advisory Committee;
(10) (6) The Early Intervention Coordinating Council;
(11) (7) The Interagency Council on Osteoporosis;
(12) The Jail and Prison Standards Commission;
(13) The Medical Service Fund Advisory Council;
(14) (8) The Nursing Home Licensing Advisory Council;
(15) (9) The Sewage Advisory Board;
(16) (10) The State Emergency Response Commission;
(17) (11) The State Groundwater Coordinating Committee;
(18) The Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Advisory Council;
(19) (12) The Water Development Authority;
(20) (13) The West Virginia Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing;
(21) (14) The West Virginia Infrastructure and Jobs Development Council;
(22) The West Virginia Solid Waste Management Board; and
(23) (15) Any other advisory council, board or commission as assigned by the secretary except for business, profession or occupation licensing boards.
© Notwithstanding any other provision of this code to the contrary, the commissioner may, at his or her discretion, designate, in writing, a representative to serve in his or her stead at the meetings and in the duties of all boards and commissions on which the commissioner is designated as an ex officio member. The appropriately designated representative or proxy may act acts with the full power and authority of the commissioner in voting, acting upon matters concerning the public health and welfare and any other business that is properly the duty of any board or commission. with The representative serving serves as proxy for at the commissioner’s at his or her will and pleasure. Provided, That The provisions of this section do not apply to the medical licensing board, West Virginia Board of Medicine, the Air Quality Board or any other board, commission or body on which the commissioner is designated by this code as chairman ex officio, secretary ex officio or any a board, commission or body on which the commissioner is designated by this code as being that person whose signature must appear on licenses, minutes or other documents necessary to carry out the intents and purposes of the board, commission or body.
CHAPTER 30. PROFESSIONS AND OCCUPATIONS.
ARTICLE 16. CHIROPRACTORS.
§30-16-4. West Virginia Board of Chiropractic; establishment and composition.
(a) The board known as the "West Virginia Board of Chiropractic" is continued. Effective July 1, 2012, the board is composed of the director of health, ex officio, three four licensed chiropractors and one person to represent the interest of the public. All shall be are appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, from a list of three names recommended by the West Virginia Chiropractic Society, Incorporated. Each chiropractic member of the board shall have been a resident of and engaged in the active practice of chiropractic in the state for a period of at least five years preceding his or her appointment.
(b) On July 1, 1998, there shall be appointed, as provided in this section, one chiropractic member for a three-year term. As existing chiropractic board members' terms expire, newly appointed chiropractic board members shall be are appointed by the Governor for a term of office of three years. No member may serve more than two full consecutive three-year terms. When a vacancy in the membership of the board occurs for any a cause other than the expiration of a term, the Governor shall appoint a new member from a list of three names recommended by West Virginia Chiropractic Society, Incorporated, a successor as a member of the board to fill the unexpired portion of the term of office. of the member whose office has been vacated.
© The Governor may remove any member of the board in case of incompetency, neglect of duty, gross immorality or malfeasance in office.
(d) The board shall conduct a an annual training program to be held annually to familiarize new board members with their duties.
(e) Each member of the board shall receive is entitled to receive compensation in an amount not to exceed the same compensation as is the amount paid to members of the Legislature for their interim duties as recommended by the Citizens Legislative Compensation Commission and authorized by law for each day or substantial portion thereof that he or she is engaged in the work of the board or of its committees. and shall be Members are entitled to be reimbursed for all actual and necessary expenses incurred in carrying out his or her duties.
ARTICLE 26. HEARING-AID DEALERS AND FITTERS.
§30-26-3. West Virginia board of hearing-aid dealers created; members; qualifications; term; oath; salary and expenses; powers and duties.
There is hereby created continued the West Virginia board of hearing-aid dealers, which shall be is composed of five members to be appointed by the Governor, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate. The members of the board shall be residents of this state. One member shall be a person licensed to practice medicine in this state and one member shall hold a degree in audiology from an accredited college or university. The remaining three members shall be persons having no less than five years' experience as hearing-aid dealers or fitters and shall hold a valid license under the provisions of this article, except that the hearing-aid dealers or fitters to be first appointed to the board shall obtain a license under the provisions of this article within six months following their appointment to the board.
The term of office of each member of the board shall be four years, excepting that as to the members first appointed to the board, one shall be appointed for two years; two shall be appointed for three years; and two shall be appointed for four years. A board member shall serve until his or her successor has been duly appointed and qualified and any vacancy in the office of a member shall be filled by appointment for the unexpired term of such member. Any member of the board shall be eligible for reappointment.
The board shall annually at its meeting first succeeding May 1 elect from its own members a chairman and vice chairman.
Each member of the board shall receive for each day actually engaged in the duties of his or her office, a per diem salary of $100 and shall be reimbursed for all reasonable and necessary expenses actually incurred in the performance of his or her duties as a member of such board. All fees and other moneys collected by the board, pursuant to the provisions of this article, shall be kept in a separate fund and shall be expended solely for the purposes of this article. The compensation for the members of the board and all expenses incurred under this article shall be paid from this special fund and no such compensation or expenses shall be paid from the General Revenue Fund of this state. All disbursements of funds necessary to carry out the provisions of this article shall be so disbursed only upon the authority of the board.
The board is hereby empowered, with the assistance of the department to generally supervise, shall regulate and control the practice of dealing in or fitting of hearing aids in this state, and in so doing, shall administer qualifying examinations in accordance with the provisions of this article to test the knowledge and proficiency of all prospective licensees or trainees.
The board may purchase and maintain or rent audiometric equipment and other facilities necessary to carry out the examination of applicants as provided in this article and may purchase such other equipment and supplies and employ such persons as it deems appropriate to carry out the provisions of this article.
The board shall promulgate reasonable rules and regulations in accordance with and subject to the provisions of chapter twenty-nine-a of this code:
(a) (1) For the proper performance of its duties;
(b) (2) To define and prescribe the ethical practice of dealing in or fitting of hearing aids for the safety, protection and welfare of the public;
© (3) To govern the time, place and manner of conducting the examinations required by this article and the standard, scope and subject of such examinations, which examinations shall, as a minimum, conform with the standards, scope and subjects set forth in section six of this article and manner and form in which applications for such examinations shall be filed;
(d) (4) To establish procedures for determining whether persons holding similar valid licenses from other states or jurisdictions shall be required to take and successfully pass the appropriate qualifying examination as a condition for such licensing in this state;
(e) (5) To establish such fees for such examinations, permits, licenses and renewals as may be necessary to cover the costs of administration.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to remove the Commissioner of the Bureau for Public Health from certain boards. The bill further provides for the composition and salaries for the West Virginia Board of Chiropractic and the West Virginia Board of Hearing-Aid Dealers.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.