Governor Signs Workers’ Comp Reform Package

By Loretta Macktal, Executive Assistant to the Vice President, Government Relations

Capitol Update, Oct. 2, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

At a bill signing ceremony hosted by the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce on October 1st, Governor Gray Davis (D) signed a package of workers’ compensation bills that was estimated to save employers more than $4 billion a year.

Surrounded by supporters, Governor Davis said “So today, I am pleased to sign a series of bills to keep jobs in California by revamping our workers’ compensation system. As I've said before, our system is like a 90-year old busted up jalopy. It's ugly. It barely runs. It needs more than a tune up and a paint job – it needs a complete overhaul.”

“By signing this bill package, our workers’ compensation system gets reforms even industry analysts recognize will save more than $5 billion next year and over $4 billion each year after,” the Governor said. “This reform package offers relief to employers and keeps jobs in California. It will decrease expensive litigation, contain medical costs, curb fraud and support return-to-work programs.”

CMTA agrees with the Governor that our workers’ compensation system “needs a complete overhaul.” This legislative package is a good first step toward overhauling the system, but there is so much more work to be done. CMTA looks forward to working with the Governor, Insurance Commissioner John Garamendi (D), and the Legislature to accomplish that goal.
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