Workers’ Comp Reform Hearings on Again

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

Capitol Update, Feb. 6, 2004 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

After several weeks of legislative inaction on workers’ compensation, the Assembly Insurance Committee has scheduled a hearing on AB4x1 by Assemblyman Abel Maldonado (R-Santa Maria) on Wednesday, February 11, 2004. The bill, estimated to save over $11 billion, is sponsored by the administration and strongly supported by business .

The buzz in the Capitol is that committee Democrats have not fully studied or come to a conclusion on the bill, leaving each member to vote their conscious, but that could quickly change. The new Speaker of the Assembly, Fabian Nunez (D-Los Angeles) will take office on February 9 and his position is unknown. There is some speculation that there could be a new committee chairman and new committee members if there is any disagreement on how the bill should be handled in committee. The hearing could even be canceled.

The Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee has scheduled a hearing on February 11th to discuss permanent disability benefits exclusively. It is informational only with no votes. No details about the hearing are available at this time. According to Pat Henning, Principle Committee Consultant, more hearings may be scheduled pending approval by Senate Rules.
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