"Dependents, not descendants" bill approved by Senate committee
April 22, 2021 - The Senate Insurance and Banking Committee, chaired by Sen. Paul Wieland, approved a bill to limit payment of permanent total disability workers' compensation payments due to occupational disease in a committee vote today.
"Previous court rulings have held such payments must be made to the direct descendant(s) of a claimant upon his/her death, but the intent of the law has always been to protect those dependent on the income of the claimant," said Ray McCarty, president and CEO of Associated Industries of Missouri. "The law did not intend to support anyone that is self-sufficient or voluntarily dependent. The payments should be made to those family members that are truly dependent on the claimant's income, not just descendants of the claimant," he said.
The bill is SB 382, sponsored by Senator Eric Burlison. The bill will now advance to the Senate floor where it may be advanced or could be attached to another bill as an amendment. Three weeks remain in the 2021 Legislative Session.