Posted on 26 Jan 2009
California Representative Joe Baca, (CA), introduced legislation on Friday that would authorize the creation of a national commission on state workers compensation laws.
Modeled after a similar commission authorized by President Richard Nixon in 1972 that found the nation's workers' comp system "inequitable and inadequate," Baca's National Commission on State Workers' Compensation Laws Act, H.R.635, would create a nonpartisan panel to study laws across the 50 states and in U.S. territories.
The measure would include forming a panel to determine whether state laws provide an “adequate, prompt, and equitable system of compensation and medical care” for injured workers, Rep. Baca said.
More than 35 years have passed since the federal government reviewed the effectiveness of state compensation laws, he said.