Workers' Compensation Bill Hits Hurdle

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A bill that would revise Mississippi's workers' compensation system survived attempts to kill it Monday, but ended up further away from passage.

After earlier rejecting proposed changes, House members reversed themselves and voted 60-56 Thursday to approve Senate Bill 2576.

Monday, though, House members blocked sending the bill on to the Senate, so that chamber could consider House amendments.

House Insurance Committee chairman Gary Chism got the House to agree to let him recall the bill
later. The House will have to debate and re-pass the bill to send it forward.

Some House members have shifted on the bill over time.

Proponents say it would reform workplace injury insurance, correcting a bias toward employees.

Opponents say the bill tips the scales to employers, denying benefits to workers.

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