NASHVILLE — Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s workers’ compensation overhaul passed the House today following a sometimes emotional debate with proponents saying the measure will benefit workers and lower employer costs while Democratic opponents charged that injured and “maimed” workers will suffer.
The bill will go back to the Senate for concurrence because of a minor change. The Senate had earlier approved the measure.
After batting down a series of amendments, the bill, handled by Rep. Kevin Brooks, R-Cleveland, passed on a 67-24.
The bill removes injured workers’ claims from state courts and puts them under the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
Andy Sher is a Nashville-based staff writer covering Tennessee state government and politics for the Times Free Press. A Washington correspondent from 1999-2005 for the Times Free Press, Andy previously headed up state Capitol coverage for The Chattanooga Times, worked as a state Capitol reporter for The Nashville Banner and was a contributor to The Tennessee Journal, among other publications. Andy worked for 17 years at The Chattanooga Times covering police, health care, county government, ...