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WVC 23 - 3 - 6 §23-3-6. Emergency fiscal measures.
(a) In addition to other measures intended by the Legislature to address the imminent threat to the fiscal solvency of the workers' compensation fund, the Legislature finds that the prudent use of available moneys may be necessary to supplement ongoing efforts to reduce and eliminate that threat. The provisions of this section are enacted for those purposes.

(b) The following measures are authorized for the purposes described in subsection (a) of this section:

(1) Upon meeting the conditions and requirements of subsection (a), section eight-b, article four-b of this chapter, the commission may expend the assets described in said subsection and any income earned thereon to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

(2) Upon meeting the conditions and requirements of subsection (b), section eight-b, article four-b of this chapter, the commission may expend the assets described in said subsection and any income earned thereon to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

(3) In each fiscal year beginning after the thirtieth day of June, two thousand three, it is the intent of the Legislature that, pursuant to appropriation in the budget bill for each respective fiscal year, five million dollars of general revenue funds be transferred to the workers' compensation fund and that the amounts transferred be expended to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

(4) (A) If in any year expenditures from the workers' compensation fund are expected to exceed assets in that fund, the executive director may under the following conditions request a transfer of moneys from the principal of the West Virginia tobacco settlement medical trust fund created in section two, article eleven-a, chapter four of this code. Prior to requesting the transfer the executive director shall obtain an opinion from the commission's actuary as to the amount of the deficit in the workers' compensation fund. Upon meeting the requirements of this subdivision, the executive director shall, upon approval of the board of managers, submit a written request to the joint committee on government and finance that an amount determined by the Legislature be transferred by appropriation from the principal of the West Virginia tobacco settlement medical trust fund to the workers' compensation fund. Upon appropriation of the Legislature, the commission may expend the assets transferred and any income earned thereon to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

(B) Upon any exercise of the authority granted by this subdivision, the executive director shall not increase benefit rates during the year as provided in section fourteen, article four of this chapter and shall conduct an investigation into the causes of the deficit and determine the best course of action to alleviate the shortfall.

(5) It is the intent of the Legislature that, pursuant to legislative appropriation, fourteen million dollars of funds made available to the state pursuant to the federal Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act of 2003, PL 108-27, be transferred to the workers' compensation fund and that the amounts transferred be expended to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

(6) It is the intent of the Legislature that, pursuant to legislative appropriation, one million dollars will be expired from the alcohol beverage control administration's general administrative fund and transferred to the workers' compensation fund and that the amounts transferred be expended to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

(7) It is the intent of the Legislature that, pursuant to legislative appropriation, four million dollars will be transferred from the unappropriated balance of the state excess lottery reserve fund to the workers' compensation fund and that the amounts transferred be expended to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

(8) Funds transferred to the workers' compensation fund pursuant to the provisions of this subsection are anticipated to generate income of at least six million dollars over the course of the three-year period following the enactment of this section in the year two thousand three. The commission may expend any income earned on these transferred funds to satisfy the obligations of the workers' compensation fund.

Note: WV Code updated with legislation passed through the 2014 1st Special Session
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