Applicant Attorneys Voice Strong Objection to Work Comp Confirmation

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

Capitol Update, Feb. 11, 2005 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Ms. Andrea Hoch, Administrative Director of the Division of Workers’ Compensation is scheduled to appear for a vote on her confirmation before the Senate Rules Committee on February 23, 2005. The California Applicant Attorneys Association (CAAA) has made defeating her confirmation a top priority and is vigorously working committee members.

CMTA strongly supports Ms. Hoch confirmation as AD and we are talking to members of the Senate Rules Committee and urging them to vote in favor of her confirmation. However, we believe that greater support from the employer community is needed. We urgently request that you write a letter of support and call the Rules Committee members even if you are not located in their district.

Since her appointment by Governor Schwarzenegger after the enactment of Senate Bill 899 last year, Ms. Hoch has proven herself to be a consummate professional and capable administrator. She has invited comments from and made herself available to all stakeholders, while meeting an aggressive timetable for promulgating regulations under SB 899. Due to her leadership and efforts, the major policy changes contained in SB 899 are now in place and beginning to impact the system. CMTA believes that this effort is particularly commendable given the DWC's previous poor track record in meeting statutory deadlines.

We cannot afford to derail the reform efforts by removing Ms. Hoch from this important position just as key reforms are being implemented.

It is important that you take action now and send a letter to members of the Senate Rules Committee to urge a "yes" vote for Ms. Hoch’s confirmation. Send letters to:

* Senator Don Perata, Chair, Senate Rules Committee State Senate, Room 4035 Sacramento, CA 95814
* Senator Jim Battin, State Senate, Room 3063 Sacramento, CA 95814
* Senator Roy Ashburn, State Senate, Room 5094 Sacramento, CA 95814
* Senator Debra Bowen, State Senate, Room 4040 Sacramento, CA 95814
* Senator Gilbert Cedillo, State Senate, Room 3048 Sacramento, CA 95814

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