Missouri Senate endorses workers' compensation changes

Tuesday, March 15, 2011 | 5:39 p.m. CDT

JEFFERSON CITY — Missouri senators have endorsed legislation designed to undo fallout from a 2005 overhaul of the state's workers' compensation laws.

The bill given first-round approval Tuesday would prohibit most lawsuits by employees against co-workers for on-the-job injuries. It also states that occupational diseases are covered by workers' compensation — a provision intended to keep such cases out of court.

Business groups have made the legislation a priority this year.

The Senate measure needs another vote before going to the House, which has already approved its own version.

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