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Missouri House Gives Initial Approval to Second Worker’s Compensation Bill with Second Injury

April 3 – The Missouri House today gave initial approval to a second worker’s compensation reform bill that would accomplish three things:

1. Cover occupational diseases under the worker’s compensation system;

2. Prevent employees from suing each other in most workplace accident situations; and,

3. Responsibly reform the Second Injury Fund.

The bill faces one additional vote in the Missouri House before it may be sent to the Missouri Senate.  Associated Industries of Missouri is continuing to seek a path to passage of a bill the Governor may sign into law, but it is proving increasingly difficult.  Plaintiffs’ attorneys have used part of their fat paychecks from suing employers to make political contributions to members of both political parties, including Governor Jay Nixon.  We will keep you posted of any developments.

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