A significant reform designed to bring fairness and predictability to the workers’ compensation system failed to advance in the Senate April 14, after nearly every Democrat senator voted “present” or “no” on Senate Bill 1349.

I am encouraging employers and the Governor to keep pressure on lawmakers to ensure workers’ compensation remains a legislative priority throughout the remainder of the session.

With one of the highest workers’ compensation rates in the country – three times more than those in Indiana and twice as expensive as Missouri’s rates – many in the Statehouse consider workers’ compensation reform to be the most important issue of the Spring legislative session.

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