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Senate Bill No. 632

(By Senators McCabe and Minard)

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[Introduced March 21, 2005; referred to the Committee

on Finance.]

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A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §5A-3-37b, relating to creating a preference in state purchasing for vendors who certify that they provide health insurance benefits to their employees; and authorizing the Insurance Commissioner to promulgate rules setting forth the criteria that must be met in order to obtain such certification.

Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended by adding thereto a new section, designated §5A-3-37b, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 3. PURCHASING DIVISION.
§5A-3-37b. Preference for vendors who provide health insurance benefits to its employees.

(a) Notwithstanding any provision of this code to the contrary, in any instance where a purchase by the Director or by a state spending unit is required under this article or other provision of law to be made upon competitive bids, preference shall be given to vendors who submit certification from the Insurance Commissioner that they provide to their employees in this state health insurance benefits at least equivalent to the benefit coverage and employer contribution in plans approved pursuant to section sixteen, article sixteen-d, chapter thirty-three of this code as against vendors who do not: Provided, That the health insurance benefits so certified shall be maintained throughout the term of the contract and failure to do so constitutes a willful breach of the underlying contract.
(b) The Insurance Commissioner may propose legislative rules for legislative approval in accordance with article three, chapter twenty-nine-a of this code setting forth the criteria that must be met in order for a vendor to obtain the certification provided in subsection (a) of this section.



NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to provide a preference to vendors for state contracts who provide health insurance benefits to their employees.

§5A-3-37b is new; therefore, strike-throughs and underscoring have been omitted.
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