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Workers' compensation bill takes step to House

February 23, 2005
By: Josh Hinkle
State Capital Bureau

Missouri senators passed a bill to change the state's workers' compensation law. Now, the next step is up to the House.

Josh Hinkle has more from the state Capitol.

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The House Committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety heard testimony on a bill that would make major changes to Missouri's workers' compensation law.

The bill tightens eligibility for compensation for work-related injuries.

St. Louis County Sen. John Loudon says workers must now prove injuries were the result of the workplace.

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Supporters say narrowing who is elegible should lower costs to employers and insurance companies.

Critics say cost might not decrease if injured workers not receiving benefits file lawsuits.

From the state Capitol, I'm Josh Hinkle.

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A Missouri House committee hears testimony on a bill to revise the state's workers' compensation law.

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The bill to make make major revisions to the state's workers' compensation law passed through the Senate earlier this month.

Now, the House must decide what to do with the act that the bill's sponsor, St. Louis County Senator John Loudon says, would help clarify the legal provisions of the law.

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Supporters say narrowing who is eligible should lower costs to employers and insurance companies.

But critics say costs may not decrease if injured workers not receiving benefits file lawsuits.

From the state Capitol, I'm Josh Hinkle.

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The bill to revise Missouri's workers' compensation law takes the next step... to the House. Josh Hinkle reports from the state Capitol.

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The House committee on Workforce Development and Workplace Safety heard testimony over the Senate-originated bill that would make major revisions to Missouri's workers' compensation law.

One of the main provisions of the bill aims to discourage employee fraud.

The bill's sponsor, St. Louis County Sen. John Loudon says too many people have taken advantage of the system... and the pattern has to stop.

Among the revisions -- a string of criminal penalties for violating the workers' compensation law.

A person who knowingly makes a false or fraudulent statement to an investigator would be guilty of a misdemeanor and receive a fine of up to $10,000.

The punishment for a subsequent offense... felony charges.

From the state Capitol, I'm Josh Hinkle.