CHAPTER 20. NATURAL RESOURCES.
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ARTICLE 8. GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
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§20-8-1. Transition in terms; continuity.
Whenever in this code and elsewhere in law the terms "the
conservation commission of West Virginia," "conservation
commission," "director of conservation" and similar and related
terms are used and referenced, they shall be read, understood and
construed in the light of the enactment of this chapter by which
the conservation commission and the office of director of
conservation are abolished and the responsibilities, functions and
services thereof are transferred to and absorbed in the division of
natural resources, the natural resources commission and the office
of director of the division of natural resources as in this chapter
Any litigation instituted, entered into or pending to which
any of the governmental corporations and agencies abolished by this
chapter are named parties may be continued and prosecuted to
completion in such party names or, at the option of the litigants
and by leave of court, such party names may be amended or changed
to correspond with the names of the successor governmental
corporations and agencies as in this chapter provided.
All contracts, compacts and agreements, heretofore entered
into by any of the governmental corporations and agencies hereby
abolished, shall continue to be the obligations of the respective
successor corporations and agencies as in this chapter provided.
No provision of this chapter shall be construed as impairing the
obligation of any contract.
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§20-8-2. Transfer of records, appropriations, facilities and
other properties and assets.
As of the effective date of this chapter, the records,
funds, unexpended appropriations, facilities, equipment and real
and personal properties and assets of every kind and character
belonging to, owned by or in the custody and control of any
governmental corporation, agency, office or activity abolished or
transferred to and absorbed in the department of natural
resources by the provisions of this chapter shall be by each such
governmental corporation, agency, office or activity transferred
and delivered to the department of natural resources or to the
identifiable successor to the abolished corporation, agency,
office or activity as in this chapter established and
constituted. It is the intent and purpose of the provisions of
this section that continuity in the governmental operations,
functions and services affected by this transition shall not be
interrupted or impeded.
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§20-8-3. Construction of chapter; severability.
The provisions of this chapter shall be liberally construed
to effect the objects and purposes hereof. The provisions of the
chapter shall be construed to be separable and severable and in
the event any clause, sentence or provision hereof shall for any
reason be construed or held to be unconstitutional or invalid,
such unconstitutionality or invalidity shall not affect or impair
the remaining provisions hereof.
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§20-8-4. Effective date.
The provisions of this chapter shall become effective on the
first day of July, one thousand nine hundred sixty-one.