WEST virginia legislature
2017 regular session
House Bill 4169
By Delegates Barrett, Shott, Overington, Moore, Kessinger, Lane, Queen, Upson, Lovejoy, Canestraro and Miller, R.
[Passed March 5, 2018; 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 §15-9A-4, relating to requiring certain businesses and establishments to post human trafficking assistance notices; establishing where notices must be posted and contents of notice; requiring the Director of the Division of Justice and Community Services to provide certain resources for giving notice on the Division’s website; authorizing certain state and local agents to give notice of violations; providing for criminal penalties for failure to comply with posting of notices once given notice of lawful duty to post; and defining terms.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
article 9a. Division of Justice and Community Services.
§15-9A-4. Human Trafficking Assistance Notices.
(a) For the purpose of assisting victims of human trafficking to obtain help and services, the following businesses and establishments shall post a notice meeting the requirements of this section:
(1) All locations licensed by the Alcohol Beverage Control Commission to allow consumption of alcoholic beverages, pursuant to chapter 60 of this code;
(2) Exotic entertainment facilities, as defined by §60-4-23 of this code;
(3) Primary airports;
(4) Passenger rail stations;
(5) Bus stations;
(6) Locations where gasoline and diesel fuel are sold;
(7) Emergency departments within hospitals;
(8) Urgent care centers;
(9) Locations at which farm labor contractors and day haulers work, if a physical facility is available at those locations upon or in which notice can be posted;
(10) Privately operated job recruitment centers;
(11) Rest areas located along interstate highways in this state, operated by the Division of Highways;
(12) Hotels; and
(13) Any other business or establishment that the director determines, by legislative rule, is an effective location to provide notice to victims of human trafficking.
(b) Requirements for posting of notice. – The notice required by this section must be posted in English, Spanish, and any other language determined by legislative rule by the director. The notice must be posted in each public restroom for the business or establishment, and either in a conspicuous place near the public entrance of the business or establishment or in another location in clear view of the public and employees, where similar notices are customarily posted.
(c) The director shall provide hyperlinks on the division’s website to downloadable posters that are eight and one-half inches by 11 inches in size that provide information regarding the National Human Trafficking Resource Center and display the telephone number for the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline. These downloadable posters must be available in English, Spanish, and any other language determined by legislative rule by the director. These downloadable posters, if printed and posted, will satisfy the posting requirements of this section.
(d) Any law-enforcement officer, representative of the state health department or of a county health department, representative of the State Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission, representative of the Division of Labor, or other state representative inspecting a business or establishment or otherwise lawfully acting under his or her state authority, may notify, in writing, any business or establishment that it has failed to comply with the requirements of this section. If the business or establishment does not correct the violation within 30 days from the date of receipt of such written notice, the owner shall be charged with a violation of this section and upon conviction, is guilty of a misdemeanor offense and may be punished by a fine of not more than $250. Upon a second or subsequent conviction, the owner is guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500. The notice required by this subsection must be delivered to the noncomplying business or establishment by certified mail, with return receipt requested.
(e) For the purposes of this section, and unless a different meaning is plainly required:
(1) “Day hauler” means any person who is employed by a farm labor contractor to transport, or who, for a fee, transports, by motor vehicle, workers to render personal services in connection with the production of any farm products to, for, or under the direction of a third person; Provided, That such term shall not include a person engaged in the production of agricultural products;
(2) “Farm labor contractor” means any person who, for a fee, employs workers to render
personal services in connection with the production of any farm products to, for, or under the direction of a third person, or who recruits, solicits, supplies, or hires workers on behalf of an employer engaged in the growing or producing of farm products, and who, for a fee, provides in connection therewith one or more of the following services: furnishes board, lodging, or transportation for those workers; supervises, times, checks, counts, weighs, or otherwise directs or measures their work; or disburses wage payments to such persons: Provided, That such term shall not include a person engaged in the production of agricultural products;
(3) “Hospital” shall have the same meaning as set forth in §16-2D-2(21) of this code.
(4) “Hotel” means any establishment which offers overnight accommodations to the public in exchange for a monetary payment;
(5) “Primary airport” shall have the same meaning as set forth in 49 U.S.C. § 47102(16); and
(6) “Production of agricultural products” means raising, growing, harvesting, or storing of crops; feeding, breeding, or managing livestock, equine, or poultry; producing or storing feed for use in the production of livestock.