Sen. Jason Crowell, R-Cape Girardeau, led a four-hour filibuster last night in the Missouri Senate over proposed changes to workers compensation laws discussed in my article from Tuesday's Southeast Missourian.
My article details reforms proposed by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry regarding remedies for victims of occupational diseases.
Here's the link to read more: http://www.semissourian.com/story/170698...
Last night's debate over Senate Bill 8, sponsored by Sen. Jack Goodman, R-Mt. Vernon, pitted republican against republican.
Goodman's bill would make the workers compensation system the exclusive remedy for occupational disease claims. Since work comp reforms made in 2005, victims of occupational diseases can now sue employers for negligence in circuit court where they can receive larger settlements than workers comp allows.
Crowell told me previously that he's concerned companies will determine it is cheaper to "pay off" workers comp claims rather than provide a safer work environment for employees.
Last night, he proposed an amendment that would leave toxic exposure claims in the workers comp system, but raise the cap on how much companies have to pay out in such cases.
Goodman agreed last night to hold off on a vote while the senators pursue a compromise.
St. Louis Post Dispatch State Capitol reporter Tony Messenger describes last night's debate in more detail: http://www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-...
The proposed workers comp law reforms are part of a legislative agenda of the Missouri Chamber called "Fix the Six." I'm in the process of my third story in a series on these reforms Chamber officials say will improve Missouri's business climate.
Look for more on workers comp reform efforts later today on www.semissourian.com.