SB 59 Prohibits use of genetic information and testing for insurance purposes
Sponsor: Dougherty
LR Number: 0435S.01I Fiscal Note: 0435-01
Committee: Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations
Last Action: 3/2/2005 - Hearing Cancelled S Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations Committee Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2005

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Current Bill Summary

SB 59 - This act broadens the definition of "genetic information" and "genetic testing". Under this act, no insurer may deny coverage to an individual or impose different premium rates on the basis of the individual’s genetic information. This act applies to applications for coverage made on or after August 28, 2005, and to policies issued or renewed after such date. Under this act, an employer may not obtain genetic information of an employee or prospective employee nor shall an employer require the collection of a DNA sample of an employee or prospective employee. This act also broadens the scope of relief for a person harmed by genetic testing to include civil damages.

This act is identical to SB 747 (2004) and SB 114 (2003).