West Virginia Legislature
2016 Regular Session
House Bill 2919
(By Delegates Rowe, Sponaugle, Pushkin, Miller, Skinner, Guthrie, Bates, Fluharty, Trecost and Sobonya)
[Introduced January 13, 2016; referred to the
Committee on Government Organization then Finance.]
A BILL to amend and reenact§10‑1‑20 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, relating to the West Virginia Library Commission; and requiring the Library Commission to survey the libraries of the state and develop a ten year plan for construction and maintenance of public libraries.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That §10‑1‑20 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended and reenacted to read as follows:
ARTICLE 1. PUBLIC LIBRARIES.
§10‑1‑20. Aid to libraries by Library Commission.
The West Virginia Library Commission
hereby authorized and empowered to may render such aid and
assistance, financial, advisory and/or otherwise, to public, school, county, or
regional libraries, whether established or maintained by said Library
Commission or not, under such conditions and rules and regulations as
the said commission deems determines necessary to further
the interests of the state and best increase the efficiency of the service it
is expected to render the public, and for this purpose the Library
Commission shall survey the libraries of the state and in consultation with
these libraries and other interested parties, the Library Commission shall
develop a ten year plan for construction and maintenance of public libraries in
Having determined that the development and
support of such libraries will further the education of the people of the state
as a whole and will thereby aid in the discharge of the responsibility of the
state to encourage and foster education, the West Virginia Library Commission
authorized and empowered to may pay over and contribute to any board
of library directors created and maintained pursuant to the provisions of this
article or any special act of the Legislature such sum or sums of money as may
be available from funds included in appropriations made for the West Virginia
Library Commission for such that purpose. The amount of any such
payment or contribution by the commission to any such local library board of
directors shall be determined in accordance with rules and regulations
promulgated by the commission. The Library Commission shall have authority
to promulgate rules and regulations may propose rules for
legislative approval in accordance with article three, chapter twenty‑nine‑a
of the code governing the manner in which such amount or amounts of money
shall be accounted for and expended.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the West Virginia Library Commission to survey the libraries of the state and develop a ten year plan for construction and maintenance of public libraries.
Strike‑throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.