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Senate Committee Passes Workers' Compensation Reform Bill

January 26, 2005
By: Travis Thompson
State Capital Bureau

A bill that narrows the definition of Missouri workers' compensation is one step closer to law.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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If passed, the bill will alter the definition of who can receive workers' compensation.

Some senate Democrats voted against sending the bill to the floor.

Senator Tim Green.

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Contents: "I think there's just so many things in this bill that I have stated over the last several weeks that are just horrendous."

The bill says only injuries caused primarily by an accident and not previous health conditions will be compensated.

The bill passed committee by a six to three vote.

From the state Capital, I'm Travis Thompson.

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The Missouri senate may soon reform workers' compensation.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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The senate bill says workers injured because of existing medical conditions will likely not collect compensation.

Senator John Louden sponsored the bill.

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Contents: "The reality is that I'm comfortable that we have a competitive market that is supposed to work those things out. We don't really have any impirical data that says there is a set of companies behaving badly or that somehow the market's out of whack."

The Missouri Division of Workers' Compensation testified before the senate committee.

The committee voted six to three to send the bill to the floor.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.

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A senate bill to reform workers' compensation is one step closer to passing despite resistance from Democrats.

Travis Thompson has more from the state Capitol.

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A senate committee voted six to three to send the bill to the floor.

Senate Democrat Victor Callahan voiced concern.

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FILL: "I personally think it would be a mistake to put this current language on the floor and hope that it works out on the floor."

If passed, the bill will alter the definition of who can receive workers' compensation.

Senator John Louden sponsored the bill.

From the state Capitol, I'm Travis Thompson.