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Debate on Workers’ Comp Reform Begins in Illinois

Business groups and injured employees weighed in May 6 as Illinois lawmakers began debating whether to revamp the state’s workers’ compensation insurance program to reduce costs for employers. Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan called a meeting of the Illinois House …

Lawmakers in California to Weigh in on Rules For Medical Pot Shops

The California Legislature is considering multiple – and conflicting – plans to impose the first major statewide restrictions on medical marijuana dispensaries and growers. The debate over the billion-dollar industry now regulated largely by local government and has pitted cities …

Construction Lawsuit Liability Bill Defeated In Colorado House

A long-awaited bill to make it harder to sue Colorado homebuilders for defective construction has failed in the Colorado legislature. The bill was rejected Tuesday by a House committee controlled by Democrats. The measure would have revised procedures for construction …

Double Fines in ‘Pedestrian Safety Zones’ Proposed by Nevada Bill

A bill in the Nevada Legislature would allow for special “pedestrian safety zones” where traffic fines are doubled. Lawmakers are scheduled to review SB144 on Tuesday in the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill would allow local governments or the Nevada …

Voter ID, Tort Reform Among Amendments Filed in Arkansas

Reinstating Arkansas’ voter ID law, imposing new restrictions on lawsuit damages and eliminating the lieutenant governor’s office are among the dozens of ideas lawmakers would like to put on the ballot in 2016. With about 40 proposed constitutional amendments filed …

Republican Lawmakers in Missouri Considering Lawsuit Caps Again

Nearly a decade after Missouri last limited some civil lawsuit awards, Republican lawmakers are organizing to reinstate caps overturned by the state’s highest court. Businesses can now face lawsuits with unlimited punitive damages in civil injury lawsuits after the Missouri …

Minnesota Task Force Seeks to Identify Uninsured Drivers

State legislators are working on ways to better identify Minnesota residents who drive without auto insurance. Motorists don’t have to show proof of insurance when renewing a vehicle’s registration. People who drive without insurance can lose their licenses and be …

Oklahoma Legislature Urged to Boost Nursing Home Staffing Rules

A Seminole woman pleaded with Oklahoma state lawmakers recently to “demand changes in the staffing and other requirements of our state’s long-term care facilities.” “We tried to do precisely that earlier this year, but the Republicans blocked it,” said Rep. …

New Orleans Saints’ Workers’ Comp Bill Dies in Legislature

Louisiana state lawmakers are getting out of a dispute between New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson and the NFL team’s players about how to handle workers’ compensation claims for professional athletes. Rep. Chris Broadwater, R-Hammond, said he’s shelving the workers’ …

Arkansas Lawmakers Approve Insurance Exchange Funds

Arkansas lawmakers have narrowly approved a $10.6 million grant to continue operating the insurance marketplace under the federal health overhaul, despite objections from some legislators over the law’s rocky start. The Arkansas Legislative Council approved the grant on a 21-18 …