Delegates say PEIA spouse bill could have caused teachers strike

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

February 11, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill opponents said could have caused a third teachers strike in as many years was defeated in a House committee Monday afternoon on a tie vote.

The measure, HB 4043, would have required spouses of state workers who have jobs outside state government but still get their health insurance through PEIA to take their employer’s insurance or pay premiums to the state.

The bill generated intense discussion among members of the House Banking and Insurance Committee before it was defeated on an 11-11 vote. Delegate Isaac Sponaugle, D-Pendleton, said it could have caused another protest by teachers.