CHAPTER 5. GENERAL POWERS AND AUTHORITY OF THE GOVERNOR, SECRETARY OF STATE AND ATTORNEY GENERAL; BOARD OF PUBLIC WORKS; MISCELLANEOUS AGENCIES, COMMISSIONS, OFFICES, PROGRAMS, ETC.
§5-6-5a. Creation of asbestos account; purpose; funding; disbursements.
(a) There is hereby created in the state Treasury a separate special revenue account, which shall be an interest bearing account, to be known as the "asbestos account." The special revenue account shall consist of recoveries from litigation pertaining to asbestos, appropriations made by the Legislature, income from the investment of moneys held in the special revenue account and all other sums available for deposit to the special revenue account from any source, public or private and no expenditures for purposes of this section are authorized from collections except in accordance with the provisions of article three, chapter twelve of this code and upon fulfillment of the provisions set forth in article two, chapter five-a of this code. No expenses incurred under this section shall be a charge against the General Funds of the state.
(b) Moneys in the special revenue account shall be appropriated to the state building commission and used exclusively, in accordance with appropriations by the Legislature, to pay costs, fees and expenses incurred, or to be incurred for the following purposes: (1) The investigation and pursuit of claims against manufacturers, suppliers and installers of asbestos or asbestos containing materials; (2) all services relating to the litigation involving the state and pertaining to asbestos or asbestos containing materials; (3) the location, treatment and abatement of asbestos or asbestos containing materials by the state; (4) the development of implementation, administration and management manuals pertaining to asbestos or asbestos containing materials and the treatment and/or abatement of asbestos or asbestos containing materials; (5) the design, implementation and management of all state buildings containing asbestos and asbestos containing materials for the proper treatment and/or abatement of asbestos conditions as they arise and as are needed; (6) all other related asbestos activities designed for the location, treatment and abatement of such asbestos or asbestos containing materials as are found in state buildings, including buildings under the control of the university of West Virginia board of trustees or the board of directors of the state college system, and as determined by the secretary of the Department of Administration; and (7) all costs incurred in the administration of the special revenue account.
(c) Any balance remaining in the special revenue account at the end of any state fiscal year shall not revert to the General Revenue Fund but shall remain in the special revenue account and shall be used solely in a manner consistent with this section: Provided, That over the three succeeding fiscal years after the effective date of this section, any appropriation made to the special revenue account from general revenue shall be repaid to the General Revenue Fund from moneys available in the special revenue account.
(d) Disbursements from the special revenue account shall be authorized by the secretary of the Department of Administration or his designee. Moneys in the special revenue account shall not be available for the payment of any personal injury claims, workers' compensation claims or other types of disability claims. Payment from the special revenue account may be made for any expense incurred by the Attorney General prior to the effective date of this section, including any expense incurred in prior fiscal years, if the expense is directly related to the litigation of matters pertaining to asbestos and asbestos containing materials in which the state is involved.