CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Legislation that Republican lawmakers in West Virginia call "bad for business" will be up for a passage vote Tuesday in the House of Delegates.
The bill would allow whistleblowers to sue companies that commit fraud against state government.
On Monday, House members shot down Republican-sponsored amendments to the "false claims act" legislation. The changes would have capped the amount of damages whistleblowers could collect. People also wouldn't be allowed to sue if the fraudulent scheme cost the state less than $25,000.
Delegate Tim Manchin, D-Marion, called the GOP's proposed revisions "fatally flawed."
"It would condone fraud against the taxpayers if it was under $25,000," he said.
House members voted down the GOP's proposed changes 51-45.
Manchin said the amendments also would disqualify the state from receiving an increase in supplemental Medicaid payments. West Virginia's law must be as tough as the federal false-claims act for the state to receive the extra money. The bill primarily targets Medicaid fraud.