March 3, 2018
Dave Solomon

The bill defines workplace violence and workplace injuries, and requires that deaths and serious injuries in the public sector workplace be reported to the commissioner of labor. It doesn’t go so far as to extend OSHA protections to the state’s public sector employees, but MacKenzie calls it an incremental step in that direction. Apparently, a majority on the House Labor Committee think that’s a step too far. […]

MacKenzie is hoping to reverse the committee decision when the bill comes to the full House for a vote. “We’re going to offer an amendment on the floor and try to convince the House that this is something we should try to do now,” he said. “There will be an opportunity in the Senate and in Conference Committee to work out some of the details that concerned the Labor Committee.”

He sounded more optimistic than Garen. “I don’t think we’re that far away from getting this done, but we’ve got to overcome some objections,” he said.

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