State Senator Karen Tallian, D-Ogden Dunes, proposed several bills during
the 2013 legislative session that were approved by the General Assembly and
all are expected to be signed into law by the governor. Among her
legislative initiatives this session were bills aimed at developing job
creation measures and increasing community fitness.
Tallian led several initiatives to shape the state’s biennial budget, House
Enrolled Act (HEA) 1001. Senate Democrats successfully advocated for several
proposals, including increased local road funding, additional resources to
address back-logged maintenance and building projects for the state’s public
universities, and an appropriation for statewide programs for community
Tallian also directed the caucus’ objection of an unprecedented expansion of
the state’s school voucher program, securing a $25 million reserve in the
event the program expands beyond initial estimates and to prevent a large
displacement of public school funding.
Limited school liability
for facility use
HEA 1159 will limit the liability placed on schools that provide their
facilities for community physical fitness and exercise use. The legislation
will enable both public and charter schools to open up their facilities for
use by organizations seeking to offer physical fitness programs to the
public, such as the American Heart Association.
Schools have previously been unavailable for this type of use due to
liability if program participants are injured on site.
Co-sponsored by Sen. Tallian, HEA 1320 updates worker’s compensation
payments by increasing maximum average weekly wages by 20 percent and
graduated percentage increases for degrees of disablement. After June 30,
2013, the act details the financial liability for worker’s compensation to a
medical services facility, linking it to 200 percent of a determined amount
through Medicaid program reimbursement methods.
In addition, the act allows the Worker’s Compensation Board to review
medical records and bills of medical service providers if they are not
complying with the schedule of charges or requiring unfair services.