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MO Senate Gives First Approval to Workers Comp. Changes


Jefferson City, MO – The Missouri Senate last night gave an initial okay to new limits on workers compensation benefits.

Right now workers can get benefits if work was a "substantial" factor in an injury. The legislation would require work be "the prevailing" factor.

It would also exclude benefits for workers injured going to or from work in a company-owned vehicle.

The measure needs one more vote in the Senate before going to the House.

The legislation is a priority for Governor Matt Blunt and fellow Republicans who control the state House and Senate.

Business and employer groups have argued for years that Missouri's workers' compensation laws are too generous. Parts of the Senate bill have been proposed many times in the past as a way to bring down the cost of workers' compensation insurance.