Missouri senator tries to get a workers' compensation database after failing last year.
MDN Menu
MDN.ORG Mo. Digital News Missouri Digital News MDN.ORG: Mo. Digital News MDN.ORG: Missouri Digital News

Missouri senator tries to get a workers' compensation database after failing last year.

Date: March 31, 2014
By: John Zupon
State Capitol Bureau
Links: HB 526

Employee's who file for workers' compensation could be placed into an online database only searchable by employers.
RunTime:  0:41
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Senator Mike Cunningham, a Republican from Rogersville, sponsors the bill that would require the state to maintain a database that would track all of workers compensation used by employees.

Employers could only access the database during the pre hire process and with the potential employee's digression.

A similar plan was vetoed by the Governor Jay Nixon last session.

Actuality:  ZUPON1.WAV
Run Time:  00:13
Description: I did address the governors issue I think this year. To refresh everyones memory a potential employer can contact division work comp. by mail with a written request to get work comp. records on an individual.


The House Workforce committee took no action on the measure.

Reporting from the state Capitol,I'm John Zupon. 

A representative thinks that access to workers compensation information should be a two-way street.
RunTime:  0:37
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: Senator Mike Cunningham, a Republican from Rogersville,answered questions about a bill he sponsors in front of the House Workforce Committee.

The bill would make an online database for employers to search possible employee's workers' compensation past claims.

Democratic Representative Michael Frame from Jefferson County suggested that employees be able to do the same on companies.

Actuality:  ZUPON2.WAV
Run Time:  00:09
Description: A constiuant contacted me that had moved recently to the district and wanted to know if I knew anything about the firework factory and that she was considering applying there. I told her the fatalities and accidents they had.

The committee took no action on the bill.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm John Zupon

Missouri Digital News is produced by Missouri Digital News, Inc. -- a non profit organization of current and former journalists.