(Originating in Committee on Health and Human Services)

Requesting the Joint Committee on Government and Finance conduct a study into requiring a back-up energy source for electrically powered equipment providing life-saving medical services.

Whereas, Facilities that offer kidney dialysis and other life-saving services may not have backup sources of energy for when the electricity goes out; and
Whereas, Winter snowstorms often leave West Virginians without power for extended periods of time; and
Whereas, Snowstorms often render parts of West Virginia without power for more than eight hours; and
Whereas, A Fayette County woman's life was placed in jeopardy because she was unable to get her kidney dialysis in time and would have died if not for caring and compassionate neighbors who saved her life by transporting her to a Raleigh County hospital that offered kidney dialysis and had a backup source of power; therefore, be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Legislature hereby requests the Joint Committee on Government and Finance review, examine and study the status of facilities offering kidney dialysis or other machines providing life-saving services, determine the number of such facilities which do have back-up energy and what type of backup power source requirements would be appropriate to help ensure uninterrupted provision of life-preserving health services;
Further Resolved, That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2001, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.