HB4008 SFAT Tarr #2 3-11

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Senator Tarr moved to amend the bill by striking out the title and substituting therefor a new title, to read as follows:

Eng. Com. Sub. for House Bill 4008H. B. 4008 -- A Bill to amend and reenact §11-19-2 of the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended; to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §11-19-13; to amend and reenact §18B-1B-4 of said code; and to amend said code by adding thereto a new section, designated §33-3-14e, all relating to funding higher education in the state; establishing additional criteria for a state college or university to be considered exempt from the requirement that the commission approve the establishment of new programs on their own campuses for programs incentivized within the funding formula established herein; eliminating the direction of proceeds of the soda tax into special medical school fund;  providing for the eventual elimination of the tax; providing for a sunset date; directing the Higher Education Policy Commission, in conjunction with the West Virginia Council for Community and Technical College Education, to propose rules to establish a funding formula model governing its appropriation request to the Legislature regarding distribution of general revenue to the state’s institutions of higher education; setting forth parameters for the formula and minimum requirements for the rule; revising and removing certain related commission powers and duties; requiring interim chancellor to meet all criteria required of the chancellor; clarifying the commission and council’s responsibilities, in conjunction with the West Virginia Network, to support systemwide technology needs; revising provisions for rulemaking regarding transfers of credits and obtaining academic credit or advanced placement standing based on experience; authorizing commission to promulgate rules, and exercise powers and duties, governing student loans, scholarships, state aid as provided in Chapter 18C of the code; removing requirements to provide education about certain disease; making non-substantive technical cleanup corrections and clarifying changes; directing a portion of insurance premium tax to health sciences and medical schools in this state; setting out findings; providing for specific amounts to be directed to Health Sciences Center at West Virginia University, Marshall University School of Medicine, and West Virginia school of Osteopathic Medicine; providing for effective dates providing for quarterly distribution for dedicated fund; and providing that the amounts directed from premium tax shall not limit total appropriation to the health sciences and medical schools.