This week the House Insurance Committee accepted a new substitute version of House Bill 27, the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) budget bill, along party lines. A vote on the bill has been delayed for at least for another week. Democrats objected to some of the new provisions including one heavily supported by the OMA which would reduce the time an injured worker has to file a claim from two years to one.
This document outlines the entire list of changes included in the sub bill.
While the Insurance Committee ran into a few roadblocks with House Bill 27, the Industrial Commission budget bill (House Bill 28) breezed through a House floor vote and now heads to the Senate for its approval. The bill is expected to move quickly through the Senate.
Both bills must be passed and signed by the governor by the end of June. 5/11/2017