§4-2B-1. Job creation work groups

Published: 2015

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WVC 4 - 2 B- 1

§4-2B-1. Job creation work groups.

     (a)(1) The Legislature finds that an array of economic

development initiatives have been taken by the Legislature, the

Governor and various agencies of the Executive to promote the

growth of job opportunities for residents of the state, including,

but not limited to:

     (A) An extensive reduction of business tax burdens, workers'

compensation reform, and significant investment in university


     (B) Providing new and expanding businesses with technical and

financial assistance to train, retrain and upgrade the skills of

their employees;

     (C) Providing the curricula of an expanding Community and

Technical College System that is highly responsive to business and

workforce needs; and

     (D) Broad based nationwide and global marketing of the

advantages of West Virginia as a place to do business, to work and

to live.

     (2) These efforts are promoting a positive business climate

and continued business growth in the state. The Legislature finds,

however, that more can be done. The Legislature expects to

continuously examine and consider legislative proposals for further

actions that can be taken to increase jobs available in this state

by encouraging the expansion of existing industries and business,

both large and small, in this state, and by attracting to this state new industries and businesses that will complement the

state's ongoing efforts to compete in the national and global

economies. The Legislature further finds that it can promote the

effectiveness of its consideration of these proposals as well as

provide a source of other ideas for the same by authorizing the

formation of job creation work groups to gather information in

person at locations within and outside the state in order to

observe first hand the best practices for job creation developed


     (b) The President of the Senate may establish one or more

Senate job creation work groups, composed of one or more members of

the Senate. The Speaker of the House of Delegates may establish

one or more House of Delegates job creation work groups, composed

of one or more members of the House of Delegates.

     (c) Each job creation work group shall conduct its activities

under the direction of the appointing presiding officer,

independently or in cooperation with the Department of Commerce,

the West Virginia Development Office, or other executive office or

agency of the state. The work group shall conduct meetings and

visitations as it is directed by the appointing presiding officer

for the purposes of obtaining information available to assist the

Legislature's efforts to take effective action to increase and

attract jobs in West Virginia. The primary purpose of a job

creation workgroup is to become a resource for other members of its

respective house of the Legislature. The work group shall also meet with existing businesses and organizations to further develop

resources currently available to expand upon and grow job

opportunities within the state. Each member of a job creation work

group may make proposals or recommendations on this subject as an

individual member of the Legislature. The work group exists until

terminated by the appointing presiding officer.

     (d) The expenses of a job creation work group shall be paid

from the funds of the respective house in which it is established.

The members of the work group may receive no compensation for their

services other than actual expenses incurred in the discharge of

their duties as members of work group, subject to the limitations

provided for the reimbursement of travel and other expenses

incurred in the performance of duties as a member of the

Legislature under article two-a of this chapter.

     (e) The provisions of this section expire and are of no force

and effect after December 31, 2014.

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