The Economic Affairs Interim Committee voted to unanimously endorse potential legislation crafted by a coalition of labor and management representatives to reform the workers' comp system. The Labor-Management Advisory Council asked the committee to approve the draft bill it believes will lower the cost of workers' comp while maintaining strong protections for injured workers.
Groups representing physicians and trial lawyers have taken issue with the proposed changes, arguing that they weren't included in the negotiation process for the legislation. Critics also noted that the bill doesn't include provisions requiring employers to improve workplace safety conditions, which have been a concern.
The Legislature reconvenes in January.
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September 20, 2010
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