SB1212: Veterans Services, Board of; membership, duties.


Offered January 11, 2017
Prefiled January 10, 2017
A BILL to amend and reenact § 2.2-2452 of the Code of Virginia, relating to Board of Veterans Services; membership; duties.
Patron-- Wexton

Referred to Committee on General Laws and Technology

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of Virginia:

1. That § 2.2-2452 of the Code of Virginia is amended and reenacted as follows:

§ 2.2-2452. Board of Veterans Services; membership; terms; quorum; compensation; staff.

A. The Board of Veterans Services (the Board) is established as a policy board, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The Board shall have a total membership of 22 members that shall consist of, including five legislative members, 14 nonlegislative citizen members, and three ex officio members. Members shall be appointed as follows: three members of the House of Delegates to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Delegates in accordance with the principles of proportional representation contained in the Rules of the House of Delegates; two members of the Senate to be appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules; and 14 nonlegislative citizen members to be appointed by the Governor. The Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services, the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Veterans Services Foundation, and the Chairman of the Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations, or their designees, shall serve ex officio with full voting privileges. Nonlegislative citizen members of the Board shall be citizens of the Commonwealth.

In making appointments, the Governor shall endeavor to ensure a balanced geographical representation on the Board, while at the same time selecting appointees of such qualifications and experience as will allow them to provide expertise and insight into:

1. Best practices in benefits claims services, medical and health care management, or cemetery operations;

2. Performance measurements and general management principles; and

3. Nonprofit volunteer operations and management.

Each of the three areas of expertise shall be represented on the Board by at least two different appointees per area of expertise in order to allow for the Board to be capable of developing develop reasonable and effective policy recommendations related to the services provided to veterans of the armed forces Armed Forces of the United States and their eligible spouses, orphans, and dependents by the Department of Veterans Services.

Legislative members and the Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. All members may be reappointed. However, no House member shall serve more than four six consecutive two-year terms, and no Senate member shall serve more than two three consecutive four-year terms, and no. No nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than two consecutive four-year terms; however, a nonlegislative citizen member appointed to serve an unexpired term is eligible to serve two consecutive four-year terms immediately succeeding such unexpired term.

The remainder of any term to which a member is appointed to fill a vacancy shall not constitute a term in determining the member's eligibility for reappointment. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments.

B. The Board shall select a chairman and vice-chairman from its membership and, pursuant to rules adopted by it, may elect one of its members as vice-chairman. The Commissioner of the Department of Veterans Services shall not be eligible to serve as chairman. The Board shall also elect one of its members as secretary. The Board shall meet at least three times a year at such times as it deems appropriate or on call of the chairman. A majority of the members of the Board shall constitute a quorum.

C. The Board shall be organized with at least three standing committees that shall be responsible for (i) veterans benefits, (ii) veterans care services, and (iii) veterans cemeteries organize itself in such a way as to allow it to fulfill its powers and duties.

D. The Department of Veterans Services shall provide staff to assist the Board in its administrative, planning, and procedural duties.