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Introduced Version House Bill 2888 History

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H. B. 2888


(By Delegates Hunt, Webster, Moore,

Wooton, Hutchins, Spencer and Wells)

[Introduced March 2, 2009; referred to the

Committee on Finance.]




A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by adding thereto a new section, designated §9-2-13, relating to the Department of Health and Human Resources providing matching funds up to $2,000, dollar for dollar each calendar year, to any funds donated by the parents of a minor into a trust account created after the minor has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, with the money from said trust to be disbursed to help pay expenses for the care of said minor and otherwise be exempt for state income tax purposes.

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 §9-2-13, to read as follows:
ARTICLE 2. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN RESOURCES, AND OFFICE OF COMMISSIONER OF HUMAN RESOURCES; POWERS, DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES GENERALLY.

§9-2-13. Provision of matching funds for trust income disbursed to support autistic minors.
(a) For purposes of this section, "autism spectrum disorder" means one or more or a combination of the following neurobiological conditions: Autism, Asperger syndrome, Retts syndrome or Pervasive Development Disorder.
(a) The Department of Health and Human Resources shall provide matching funds up to $2,000, dollar for dollar each calendar year, to any funds donated by the parents of a minor into a trust account created after the minor has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder by a licensed physician, with the money from said trust to be disbursed to help pay expenses for the care of said minor. Notwithstanding any other provision in the code, these matching funds shall also be exempt for state income tax purposes.
(b) The Commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Resources shall by issuance of rules forthwith, in cooperation with the Tax Commissioner, provide guidelines to ensure uniform standards for the aforesaid trusts to qualify for matching funds pursuant to this section.



NOTE: This bill shall require the Department of Health and Human Resources to provide matching funds up to $2,000, dollar for dollar each calendar year, to any funds donated by the parents of a minor into a trust account created after the minor has been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, with the money from said trust to be disbursed to help pay expenses for the care of said minor and otherwise be exempt for state income tax purposes.

Strike-throughs indicate language that would be stricken from the present law, and underscoring indicates new language that would be added.
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