2018 Wyoming Statutes
TITLE 27 - LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT
CHAPTER 14 - WORKER'S COMPENSATION
ARTICLE 7 - FISCAL PROVISIONS
SECTION 27-14-701 - Worker's compensation account established; investments; administrative expenses; rehabilitation expenses; worker's compensation claims payment account established for worker's compensation revenue bond proceeds.
27-14-701. Worker's compensation account established; investments; administrative expenses; rehabilitation expenses; worker's compensation claims payment account established for worker's compensation revenue bond proceeds.
(a) Except as provided under subsection (f) of this section, all money received, earned or collected pursuant to this act shall be credited to the worker's compensation account. In addition to other expenditures authorized under this act, amounts deposited within this account shall be used to pay debt service on revenue bonds issued in accordance with W.S. 27-14-704. As used in this act, "account" means the worker's compensation account established under this subsection.
(b) All awards and claim determinations shall be paid from the account provided by subsection (a) of this section.
(c) All money collected and accounted for pursuant to this act not immediately necessary for the purposes of this act shall be invested by the state treasurer in the manner provided by law for investment of permanent state funds. The state treasurer, in consultation with the director and consistent with the investment policy developed by the state loan and investment board, may establish a percent not to exceed forty-five percent (45%) of the total amount collected and accounted for under this subsection to be invested in common stock.
(d) Following a general fund appropriation by the legislature for administrative expenses of the division and for administrative expenses of the office of administrative hearings which are attributable to hearing services provided pursuant to this act, amounts expended pursuant to the appropriations shall be transferred monthly from the account provided by subsection (a) of this section to the general fund as provided by the Wyoming Funds Consolidation Act.
(e) The division shall from the worker's compensation account, periodically advance or reimburse the division of vocational rehabilitation of the department of workforce services, for administrative and program costs associated with the rehabilitation of injured workers pursuant to W.S. 27-14-408. Administrative or program costs reasonably available or legally allowable under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, shall not be advanced or reimbursed pursuant to this subsection.
(f) Proceeds from the sale of revenue bonds issued under W.S. 27-14-704, together with any earnings from the investment of bond proceeds, shall be deposited into the worker's compensation claims payment account until such bonds are paid or provision for their payment has otherwise been made. Account proceeds may be invested or reinvested by the state treasurer at the direction of the state loan and investment board and may in addition to payment of claims and awards, program and administrative expenses, program reserves and debt service, be used to pay any ongoing and issuance costs of revenue bonds under W.S. 27-14-704.
(g) The state treasurer, in consultation with the director, shall report to the joint appropriations interim committee not later than December 1, 2016 and every five (5) years thereafter, on the status of the worker's compensation account and the projected status of the account during the subsequent five (5) year period.