Dave Schatz http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Scaled-back workers' comp bill sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/scaled-back-workers-comp-bill-sent-mo-gov-nixon <p>The <a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House</a> and <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">Senate</a> have both passed a<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1540&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> scaled-back version </a>of a workers&rsquo; compensation reform bill.</p><p>The measure would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, but it leaves occupational disease claims within the court system and does not address the state&rsquo;s ailing Second Injury Fund.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=111">State Rep.&nbsp;Dave Schatz</a> (R,&nbsp;Sullivan) sponsored <a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1403&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">a different workers&rsquo; comp bill </a>that addresses the fund and would move occupational disease claims to the workers&rsquo; comp system.&nbsp; He hopes it will pass, too. Wed, 16 May 2012 00:27:59 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3705 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Scaled-back workers' comp bill sent to Mo. Gov. Nixon Mo. House passes workers' comp, 2nd Injury Fund fix http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-workers-comp-2nd-injury-fund-fix <p>The<a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">&nbsp;Missouri House </a>has passed<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1403&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> its version of a workers&rsquo; compensation bill </a>that also proposes to fix the state&rsquo;s ailing Second Injury Fund.</p><p>The vote again fell mostly along party lines, passing&nbsp;92 to&nbsp;56, with one lawmaker&nbsp;voting &quot;present.&quot;&nbsp;&nbsp;The measure&nbsp;would place occupational disease claims back within the workers&rsquo; comp system and would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses.&nbsp;&nbsp;Democrats, including <a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=046">Kevin McManus </a>of Kansas City, objects to&nbsp;moving claims out of the courts and back to workers&#39; comp. Wed, 11 Apr 2012 21:29:29 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3471 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House passes workers' comp, 2nd Injury Fund fix Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/bill-dealing-workers-comp-2nd-injury-fund-approved-mo-house <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House </a>has given first-round approval to <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1403&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R">another workers&rsquo; compensation bill</a>.</p><p><a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;vetoed<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/bts_web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9244"> a similar bill </a>last month that originated in the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/"> Senate</a>.&nbsp; The House version contains most of the same provisions &ndash; it would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and it would&nbsp;restore occupational disease claims within the workers&rsquo; comp system.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=108">State Rep.&nbsp;Jacob Hummel </a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis) debated with the bill&rsquo;s sponsor, <a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=111">Dave Schatz </a>(R, Sullivan). Tue, 03 Apr 2012 21:40:45 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3422 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Bill dealing with workers' comp & 2nd Injury Fund approved by Mo. House Mo. House passes English driver's license mandate http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-house-passes-english-drivers-license-mandate <p>The&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/default.aspx">Missouri House </a>has passed<a href="http://house.mo.gov/billsummary.aspx?bill=HB1186&amp;year=2012&amp;code=R"> legislation requiring driver&rsquo;s license exams to&nbsp;be given in English only</a>.</p><p>The final debate boiled down to safety versus respect for immigrants.&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=063"> State Representative&nbsp;Tishaura Jones&nbsp;</a>(D,&nbsp;St. Louis) says she represents constituents from several different nationalities, and added that every member of the House&nbsp;descended from immigrants. Thu, 23 Feb 2012 19:53:54 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3135 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. House passes English driver's license mandate