Senate Bill No. 671
(By Senators Tomblin, Mr. President, and Deem)
[Introduced February 14, 2008; referred to the Committee on
A BILL to amend and reenact §14-2-8 of the Code of West Virginia,
1931, as amended, relating to increasing the compensation of
the presiding judge of the Court of Claims.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §14-2-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended,
be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. CLAIMS AGAINST THE STATE.
§14-2-8. Compensation of judges; expenses.
Each judge of the court shall receive one hundred sixty
dollars for each day actually served and expenses incurred in the
performance of his or her duties paid at the same per diem rate as
members of the Legislature: Provided, That the presiding judge
shall receive an additional fifty dollars for each day actually
serving as the presiding judge
. In addition to the expense per
diem, each judge may, when using his or her own vehicle, be reimbursed for mileage at the mileage rate equal to the amount paid
by the travel management office of the department of
administration. The number of days served by each judge shall not
exceed one hundred in any fiscal year, except by authority of the
Joint Committee on Government and Finance: Provided,
computing the number of days served, days utilized solely for the
exercise of duties assigned to judges and commissioners by the
provisions of article two-a of this chapter shall be disregarded.
For the purpose of this section, time served shall include time
spent in the hearing of claims, in the consideration of the record,
in the preparation of opinions and in necessary travel.
(NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to increase the
compensation of the presiding judge of the Court of Claims by an
additional fifty dollars for each day serving as presiding judge.
Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from
the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would
FINANCE COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
On page one, section eight, line twenty-three, by striking out
the words "serving as the presiding judge" and inserting in lieu
thereof the word "served".