Lawmakers approve workers’ compensation legislation

JACKSON — The Mississippi House has advanced a bill to make changes that manufacturers and business groups are seeking in the workers’ compensation system.

Senate Bill 2576 passed the House 59-58 today. The bill returns to the Senate for more work.

Among other things, the bill says if a worker is injured on the job, the employer could test the worker for drugs and alcohol.

Supporters say the bill would balance a system that now unfairly favors workers.

Opponents say the insurance system for paying for on-the-job injuries is already balanced and the changes would put too many hurdles between injured workers and payment.

The House changed the bill. The Senate can either accept those changes or seek final negotiations with the House.

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