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WEST virginia legislature

2019 regular session

Introduced

House Bill 2658

By Delegate Maynard, Paynter, Jeffries, J., Sypolt, Miller, Pack, Lovejoy, Jennings, Angelucci and Worrell

[Introduced January 24, 2019; Referred
to the Committee on Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services then Government Organization.]

A BILL to amend and reenact §29-3-8 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to eliminating the State Fire Marshall’s comprehensive report regarding the transfer of authority and responsibility of providing fire services to the counties.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:


article 3. fire prevention and control act.

§29-3-8. Comprehensive report by State Fire Marshal.


(a) On or before July 1, 2019, the State Fire Marshal shall submit a comprehensive report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance containing a recommended plan for transferring authority and responsibility for providing fire services to the counties. Such report shall include, but not be limited to, recommendations regarding recommended state oversight of such fire services; financial support for fire services, a plan and timeline for transitioning responsibility and oversight to the counties; and county authority, oversight, and accountability of operations, fiscal planning, financial accountability, and risk management planning. The State Fire Marshal shall solicit input from appropriate state agencies, county officials, and other interested parties, which shall provide requested information to the State Fire Marshal to assist in preparation of the report and recommendation

(b) On or before July 1, 2019, the State Fire Marshal shall study, prepare, and submit a report to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance regarding reciprocity of firefighter and fire officer certification with other states. Such report shall include recommendations regarding ways to increase availability of reciprocal certification, including any necessary changes to state code or regulation necessary to facilitate additional reciprocity.

 

NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to eliminate the State Fire Marshall’s comprehensive report regarding the transfer of authority and responsibility of fire services to the counties.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from a heading or the present law and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.

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