The bill would allow fees to be raised on businesses and would narrow the type of future injuries covered by the Second Injury Fund. The fund has a deficit and was created to cover disabled employees who suffer a second work-related injury or illness. The House legislation also seeks to clarify that occupational diseases are covered by the workers' compensation system.
House members endorsed the legislation 109-51 on Thursday. Senators approved a different version of the legislation earlier this year. Lawmakers must approve an identical bill and have until May 17 to pass new legislation before their mandatory adjournment.