September 19, 2012 |
A major overhaul of California's $17-billion workers' compensation insurance program was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, who called the bipartisan agreement "unusual in our polarized society. " The governor made his comments Tuesday at a bill signing ceremony at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank surrounded by some of the legislative, business and labor leaders who helped forge the consensus that led to the legislation. On hand were Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento)
August 31, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown is personally lobbying lawmakers, businesses and labor unions to round up enough votes to pass a major overhaul of California's $17-billion workers' compensation insurance program. Brown and top aides held a series of midday meetings Friday in the office of Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg. Players in the complex deal point to the Senate as a potential stumbling block in getting a workers' comp bill approved before the Legislature adjourns for the year Friday night.
August 29, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - With just three days left in this year's legislative session, state lawmakers got a dose of the strong emotions swirling through the Capitol for and against a plan to overhaul California's century-old workers' compensation insurance program. The bill formally introduced Friday seeks to increase benefits for injured workers while cutting medical and legal costs to avoid an estimated 12.6% hike in premiums facing employers in January. At issue is a 170-page bill to revise the $17-billion system to protect injured workers that is only now beginning a fast and furious trip through the Legislature.
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August 27, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - Entering the final week of their legislative session, state lawmakers still must grapple with controversial proposals to overhaul California's overburdened public pension system, revamp its costly workers' compensation scheme and change the way corporate taxes are assessed. Legislative leaders said they hoped to pass an ambitious agenda aimed at convincing voters that they are responsible stewards of Californians' money. The outcome is likely to set the stage for Gov. Jerry Brown's high-stakes campaign to raise billions of dollars in taxes to close the state's deficit.
August 17, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - The drive is on to overhaul California's $16-billion workers' compensation system by month's end, and it has picked up a key endorsement from Gov. Jerry Brown. Although California business and labor negotiators have drafted a compromise agreement, the plan still faces some tough obstacles in the days ahead as it moves through the Legislature. On Friday, legislative leaders were cautious about endorsing the workers' comp changes and far from enthusiastic about the package's prospects.
August 14, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO -- A proposed overhaul of California's workers' compensation insurance is running into heavy resistance even before it's been formally introduced in the waning weeks of the legislative session. A special hearing of the Senate Labor and Industrial Relations Committee scheduled for Wednesday at the state Capitol was postponed and no new date has been set. As of Tuesday, the most vocal opposition to the $1-billion-plus deal is coming from lawyers that represent injured workers in California's specialized workers' compensation courts.