HI Governor Vetoes of Workers Comp Bill Stand

July 13, 2007 (PLANSPONSOR.com) - Both the Hawaii Senate and House of Representatives failed to garner the two-thirds affirmative vote needed to override vetoes by Governor Linda Lingle of two workers compensation bills.

According to Business Insurance, among other things, Senate Bill 1060 would have limited an employer’s power to terminate benefits and authorized the recovery of attorney’s fees and costs by an injured worker.

House Bill 855 would have required uninterrupted medical care for injured employees even if the worker’s employer denied further treatment, and required a decision by the state’s director of labor and industrial relations to settle the dispute, Business Insurance said.

In addition, H.B. 855 would have required the director of labor and industrial relations to submit all rule changes to the Legislature for approval.