occupational diseases 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 Mo. Gen. Assembly sends workers' comp bill to Gov. Nixon http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-gen-assembly-sends-workers-comp-bill-gov-nixon <p>The <a href="http://moga.mo.gov/">Missouri&nbsp;General Assembly</a> has sent its first bill to <a href="http://gov.mo.gov/">Governor Jay Nixon </a>(D)&nbsp;this year, <a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/12info/BTS_Web/Bill.aspx?SessionType=R&amp;BillID=9244">which would revamp the state&rsquo;s workers&#39; compensation system</a>.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.house.mo.gov/"> House </a>passed the bill today, while&nbsp;the<a href="http://www.senate.mo.gov/">&nbsp;State Senate&nbsp;</a>passed it last month -- it passed both chambers on&nbsp;partisan votes.&nbsp;&nbsp;The bill would bar employees from suing each other over workplace injuries and illnesses, and would restore workers&rsquo; comp coverage of occupational diseases.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://house.mo.gov/member.aspx?year=2012&amp;district=111">State Rep.&nbsp;Dave Schatz</a>&nbsp;(R, Sullivan)&nbsp;argued that it would give Missouri a more business-friendly climate that would be less subject to massively expensive court judgments. Wed, 07 Mar 2012 21:43:30 +0000 Marshall Griffin 3225 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Gen. Assembly sends workers' comp bill to Gov. Nixon