CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate has unanimously passed a bill to ensure vacancies on higher education commissions, councils and boards are filled in a timely manner.
Sen. Robert Plymale said vacancies on these higher education boards have been left empty for as long as six months in the past. Currently, he added, there are 15 people serving on boards whose terms are expired.
This Senate Bill 426 went into effect Monday and gives the governor 30 days to appoint a member to fill any vacancy. The bill also prevents members whose terms have expired from serving more than 60 days after their term ends.
This bill effects appointments to the Higher Education Policy Commission, institutional boards of governors, and the Council for Community and Technical College Education.