Committee to come back from break to take up comp bill

The Senate committee on Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing will come back from their Thanksgiving holiday break to take up House Bill 5002, a bill to reform the Michigan Workers’ Compensation system.

They will meet Nov. 22, the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, at 1 p.m. in rooms 402 and 403 at the Capitol building in Lansing.

The bill is strongly favored by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Manufacturers’ Association and the Michigan Self Insured Association. The bill passed along party lines — with Republicans in favor — in the House earlier this month.

The Senate is considering a substitute bill that attempts to address some of the concerns of opponents. But Democrats have voiced concerns that the bill goes too far and hurts injured workers.

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