House Bill 1032, by Rep. John Bradley, would repeal the Workers' Compensation Act and put workers' comp cases into the state's Circuit Courts. Bradley, who has been pushing for negotiated reforms, insists his proposal is not a ploy to encourage negotiations.
While his proposal gained acceptance with a legislative panel, several groups are opposing it, such as the Chamber of Commerce. A Republican legislator called the idea a nuclear bomb.
Meanwhile, federal prosecutors are looking into the workers' comp system following published reports that hundreds of employees at a particular prison received awards, as did some of the arbitrators who decided workers' comp disputes.
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April 25, 2011
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