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Senate OKs bill to change injured workers’ fund

April 1, 2013 • Business


In this March 26, 2013 photo, people demonstrate on the steps of the Capitol in Nashville, Tenn., to protest legislation that seeks to make changes to the way injured workers’ claims are considered. Opponents to the idea say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislation that seeks to change the way injured workers’ claims are considered passed the Senate Monday evening despite opponents who say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process.

The measure, which is part of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s legislative package, was overwhelmingly approved 28-2. The companion bill is set for the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

“I feel confident that these reforms are not only going to keep Tennessee competitive but are going to benefit the workers of this state,” said Republican Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who is carrying the bill.

The hearings have been criticized by labor groups for being put on the fast track without input from the group representing people who stand to lose benefits. About 50 people gathered at the state Capitol last week to protest the legislation. There were chants of “We want justice” and signs bearing slogans Login to read more

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