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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Updated: Some more 2009 bills

HB 1674 Workers' Compensation; pharmacist filling a prescription to dispense therapeutically equivalent (Delegate Harry Purkey)

This legislation should reduce the cost of prescriptions paid by the State Employees Workers’ Compensation Services. (Fiscal Impact statement)

SB 893 Submission of executive budget; personnel costs for state agencies. (Senator Ryan McDougle)
Requires the total amount appropriated for personnel costs for each agency to be included in the Budget Bill for each agency. The bill also provides that the amount appropriated to each agency for personnel costs shall only be used for personnel costs and that any appropriation set aside for personnel costs that remains undistributed at the end of any fiscal year shall revert to the general fund of the state treasury.
SB 1542 Alcoholic beverage control; privatization of ABC stores. (Senator Mark Obenshain)
Provides for the auction of "package store" licenses to authorize the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for off-premises consumption. The bill also requires the ABC Board to sell or transfer all interest in real property utilized in the wholesale and retail sale of alcoholic beverages. The bill requires the ABC Board to set a fixed number of licenses for all localities, which shall be at a minimum one license for each locality of the Commonwealth and shall not exceed one license per 10,000 residents of the locality. The initial issuance of license by the Board would be through regional auctions beginning July 1, 2010, which may also be conducted through the Department's publicly accessible website. The annual state license tax on package store licenses would be the initial purchase price at auction plus an annual inflation adjustment based on the Consumer Price Index. The tax levied on spirits sold in package stores would be 25 percent of the price charged.

HB 2356 Budget Bill; requires 2010-12 biennium and future bills to be prepared using zero-based principles. (Delegate Todd Gilbert)
Requires the Budget Bill for the 2010-12 biennium and future Budget Bills to be prepared and formulated utilizing zero-based budgeting principles.

HB 2037 Debt Collection Recovery Fund (Delegate Sal Iaquinto)
Establishes the Debt Collection Recovery Fund. The bill also provides that the Division of Debt Collection shall (i) deposit to the Fund all revenues generated by it, less any cost of recovery, from receivables collected on behalf of state agencies and (ii) transfer the remaining funds to the appropriate state agencies on a periodic basis. In addition, the bill provides that final orders of final agency case decisions may be recorded, enforced, and satisfied as orders or decrees of a circuit court upon certification of such orders by the agency head or his designee. Furthermore, each state agency and institution may charge attorney's fees and collection fees on all past due accounts
receivable.


HJ 724 Constitutional amendment; limits appropriations in fiscal year to preceding year's (Delegate Todd Gilbert)
Limits total appropriations in any fiscal year to the preceding year's total appropriations plus a percentage increase equal to the past two years' average increase in the rate of inflation plus the average percentage increase in population. The amendment provides that any revenues collected in excess of the limitation shall be distributed: 75 percent to be refunded to individual income taxpayers and 25 percent to the Revenue Stabilization Trust Fund. "Total appropriations" is defined to exclude moneys appropriated that are received from the federal government or an agency or unit thereof. If the amount in excess of the limitation is less than or equal to one percent of the limitation, the total excess shall be deposited to the Revenue Stabilization Fund if that Fund has not reached its constitutional limit, or if that Fund has reached its limit, the excess shall be appropriated to the general fund.

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