Legislature Fixes Workers' Comp Bill

The Legislature reconvened in special session Tuesday and corrected errors in the massive workers' compensation bill to avoid a veto from Gov. Wise. The House also forced the Senate to retreat from a last-minute amendment that threatened to block the bill from reaching the governor's desk.

The bill actually passed before the special session recessed on June 14. But technical mistakes prompted lawmakers to recall the measure or else force a veto.

The Senate voted again to pass the bill by 26-7 with one absence, but only after adding a new amendment. This new measure would allow doctors and chiropractors to treat an injured worker even when they're not part of that worker's health insurance plan.

The Senate withdrew the measure after the House rejected it while voting 62-29, with nine absences, to approve the necessary corrections.