SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION NO. 61
(By Senators Stollings, Laird, Foster, Kirkendoll, Miller, Palumbo, Prezioso, Tucker, Wills, Yost and Boley)
[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources]
Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance to study the hiring practices of certain employers when candidates for employment are tobacco users.
Whereas, Smoking is a major public health problem in the United States and particularly in West Virginia, which has historically had smoking rates considerably higher than the national average; and
Whereas, Health care facilities and related institutions have as one of their primary purposes or objectives to discourage the use of tobacco products by the general public; and
Whereas, According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a 2011 report, it was found that between 11.8 and 23.7 percent of health care workers in the United States, varying according to their role within the industry, are smokers; and
Whereas, The prevalence of smoking among health care workers has been perceived to undermine the public health message of these health care institutions with regards to smoking; and
Whereas, This Legislature shares these public health concerns, and further discussion on how best to address this issue is needed; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the hiring practices of certain employers when candidates for employment are tobacco users; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2013, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.