§5-16-23. Members of Legislature may be covered, if cost of the
entire coverage is paid by such members.
Notwithstanding the definition of the term "employee"
contained in section two of this article and notwithstanding any
other provision of this article to the contrary, members of the
Legislature may participate in and be covered by any insurance plan
or plans authorized hereunder for state officers and employees,
except that all members of the Legislature who elect to participate
in or to be covered by any such plan or plans shall pay their
proportionate individual share of the full cost for all group
coverage on themselves and their spouses and dependents, so that
there will be no cost to the state for the coverage of any such
members, spouses and dependents.