Monday, January 30, 2012
Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer is promoting a measure that he says will encourage private companies to hire disabled Kansans.
The bill is before the House Appropriations Committee and deals with rules for companies seeking contracts with the state.
The bill allows qualified companies to be awarded state contracts for bids that are up to 10 percent higher than the most competitive bid offered.
A company would qualify if it primarily does business in Kansas and at least 20 percent of its full-time employees are disabled. Also, the company would have to pay at least 70 percent of the total health insurance costs for its workers.
Colyer says the proposal would provide an off-ramp from state medical services.