July 18, 2013
Re: Governor Vetoes S-1778 - Public Safety Workers’ Compensation Bill
Would Have Increased Local Costs
Governor Christie has vetoed S-1778/A-1196, which we opposed. The legislation would have created a rebuttable presumption that if, in the course of their employment, a public safety worker was exposed to a carcinogen, pathogen, or psychological trauma, that the resulting injury, disability, chronic or corollary illness or death would be compensable under workers' compensation.
In our May 22 letter (http://www.njslom.org/letters/2013-0522-S1778.html), we had asked you to contact the Governor due to our concern that the bill would increase local workers’ comp costs and cause a wave of expensive litigation. Thank you to those who reached out to their representatives and to the Governor expressing opposition. It made a difference. We also thank David Grubb and Paul Bent of the Municipal Excess Liability Joint Insurance Fund, with whom we cooperated on this matter.
We thank Governor Christie for his consideration of our concerns and for his action in vetoing this bill. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Jon Moran at 609-695-3481, ext. 121.
Very truly yours,
William G. Dressel, Jr.