Friday, March 31, 2023

House Refuses to Concur on Senate Bill 243

During today’s floor session, the House refused to concur with the Senate on Senate Bill 243.

The bill states that substance abuse facilities must offer transportation to individuals upon discharge to their birth state, the state they’ve previously lived in, or a state where they have a family support structure.

The Senate amended version states that providers are solely responsible for the patient’s out-of-state transportation costs.

With the House refusing to concur, Senate Bill 243 heads back to the Senate.

Of the 21 bills up for passage today, 19 passed and two were postponed. Senate Bill 51 and Senate Bill 613 had action postponed one day.

Several bills relating to retirement passed today.

Senate Bill 237 provides a one-time bonus of $1,500 to public employee retirees and retired teachers who are 70 years old and have served at least 20 years.

Senate Bill 449 updates the government employee retirement systems to include Natural Resources Police Officers and public charter school employees.

Senate Bill 450 requires medical examinations to be performed either in person or virtually by a physician approved by the board when approving disability awards and benefits for members of the West Virginia Public Employees Retirement System, the Deputy Sheriffs’ Retirement System, the Municipal Police and Firefighters Retirement System, the State Police Retirement System, the Emergency Medical Services Retirement System, the Teachers Retirement System, and the Natural Resources Police Officers Retirement System.

Senate Bill 453 provides for successor liability and delinquent retirement contributions for public charter schools.

Senate Bill 458 sets the rate of interest on delinquent retirement contribution submissions as the actuarial interest rate assumption as approved by the Consolidated Public Retirement Board for completing the actuarial valuation for the plan year immediately preceding the first day of the plan year in which the delinquency payment is made, compounded daily, and the minimum interest charge is $50. The bill prohibits employer unilateral termination without legislative action.

Senate Bill 475 modifies examinations for disability pensions. The bill states that beginning July 1, 2023, a physician shall be chosen by the oversight board to perform a medical exam of the individual in person or virtually. The section method of the exam is at the discretion of the oversight board in consultation with the physician.

The House is in recess until 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings, tomorrow, March 7

The House returned to session at 6:20 p.m. to receive Senate messages and committee reports.

The House is adjourned until tomorrow, March 7 at 11 a.m.

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