§23-4B-8b. Transfer of funds to workers' compensation fund.
(a) Notwithstanding any provision of section eight of this article to the contrary, the assets which were previously transferred from the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund and held in a separate account may, on or after the first day of July, two thousand three, be expended for workers' compensation fund liabilities.

(b) The Legislature hereby finds and declares that there is a substantial actuarial surplus in the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund in excess of one hundred seventy million dollars. The Legislature further finds and declares that there is a substantial actuarial deficit in the workers' compensation fund. The executive director shall conduct an actuarial audit to determine the amount of the actuarial surplus in the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund as of the thirtieth day of June, two thousand three, and certify the amount, as of that date, in a written order which together with the results of the audit shall be a public record. The executive director shall also obtain a statement from the commission's actuary that a distributable surplus exists in the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund. When the actuary provides the statement, and notwithstanding any provision of this article to the contrary, the executive director shall, by written order, transfer an amount not to exceed one hundred seventy million dollars from the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund to the workers' compensation fund, which assets shall thereupon become merged into and consolidated with the workers' compensation fund and expended for workers' compensation fund liabilities: Provided, That a level of reserve shall be retained in the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund sufficient within a seventy percent confidence level, on an actuarial basis, to satisfy the payment of all claims incurred, including claims which were incurred but not reported, on or before the thirtieth day of June, two thousand three. In the event the commission's actuary or an actuary employed by the board of managers determines prior to the thirtieth day of June, two thousand six, that the assets of the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund are not adequate to enable the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund to meet its claim obligations under Title IV of the federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act of 1996, as amended, the executive director shall, upon appropriation of the Legislature, transfer an amount not to exceed fifty million dollars from the workers' compensation fund to the coal-workers' pneumoconiosis fund for expenditure to meet those obligations.