Calif. WC Reform Faces Uncertain Future

A possible ballot initiative or a new legislative offering areviewed as possible scenarios following California Gov. Gray Davisveto last month of measures to raise workers compensation benefits,according to one insurer group.

“At this point there is a great deal of uncertainty,” said MarkWebb, vice president for state affairs at the American InsuranceAssociation in Sacramento. “There is an expectation that organizedlabor will be filing an initiative any time now. Their primaryobjective would be to create a greater sense of urgency on the partof the governor to sign a benefit increase bill in 2002.”

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