By James DeChene
This week saw the General Assembly return from their Easter break.
Of note to the business community, HB 308 was heard in, and released from, the House Administration Committee on Wednesday. The bill was written in response to a Superior Court decision involving a worker’s compensation claim made by a state employee, who also attempted to collect on the state’s underinsured motorist policy to help cover medical expenses. The court found that the employee was only entitled to collect worker’s compensation and granted the State a motion of summary judgement. However the judge asked for legislative clarification regarding the instances where other insurance policies could be utilized (such as uninsured/underinsured, short-term and long-term disability). The issue at hand is that the legislation is written broadly enough that it potentially impacts private sector insurance rates. The State Chamber testified at the hearing, raising questions as to impact on other insurance rate increases as a result of workers compensation insurance no longer being exclusive. The bill now heads to the House floor after the JFC/Bond Bill hearings break for a full vote.
Until next week…
James DeChene is the Chamber's Senior Vice President of Government Affairs.