Senate to Vote on Changes to Workers Comp.

Apr 1, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A proposed bill that seeks to change the way injured workers' claims are considered in Tennessee is scheduled for a full Senate vote Monday evening.

The companion bill to the measure, which is part of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative package, is set to be heard by the House Finance Committee Tuesday.

Opponents of the measure say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process.

One criticism is that under the proposal injured employee cases would no longer be heard in court, but by special judges selected by the person the governor picks to run the workers' compensation division.