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Tallian legislation on budget public fitness, workers comp to become law

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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.

Budget negotiations

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 corrections.

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.

Worker’s compensation

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.

 

Posted 5/2/2013