Section 23-1-41Self-insurance program for department employees.
(a) The State Department of Transportation is authorized and empowered and may, with the approval of the Governor provide for a self-insurance program covering a certain amount to be paid to the employees of the State Department of Transportation who may be killed or injured in the line and scope of their employment; provided, that the amount paid to any such party on account of death or injury shall not exceed the amount or amounts as provided by the Workers' Compensation Act of this state. The Director of Transportation may, with the approval of the Governor, enter into an agreement with an agency, company, or corporation qualified to administer a self-insured Workers' Compensation program to administer the program or, in the alternative, the director may elect to administer the program with State Department of Transportation personnel. The cost of this program shall be paid out of the funds of the State Department of Transportation as provided by law, and to that end and for that purpose, the department may, with the consent and approval of the Governor, disburse any moneys appropriated or set apart for the construction, repair, or maintenance of the public roads, bridges, and highways of this state.
(b) The provisions of the 1981 amendments to this section shall be retroactive to February 1, 1980.
(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of subsection (b) of this section, any reinsurance policies which are in effect as of May 17, 1981, shall continue in force until September 30, 1981.
(Code 1923, §1303; Acts 1927, No. 347, p. 348; Acts 1935, No. 339, p. 773; Acts 1939, No. 13, p. 9; Code 1940, T. 23, §3; Acts 1951, No. 887, p. 1530; Acts 1981, No. 81-625, p. 1040.)