February 13 – The House Workforce Development Committee heard some testimony on HB 1403, sponsored by Rep. Dave Schatz, then continued the hearing to another day. The bill would rectify the worker’s compensation system by making sure occupational diseases are covered under the worker’s compensation law and preventing employees from suing each other in work comp accidents. The bill also contains the reforms of the Second Injury Fund we have written about before (see a4gb.wordpress.com blog for stories on this subject). Associated Industries of Missouri testified in favor of the bill, and HB 1540, sponsored by House Majority Floor Leader Tim Jones, that addresses only the co-employee issue, but may be expanded later if needed.
Negotiations continue in the Senate on the issue. We will keep you posted of developments.