Workers’ compensation passes Iowa Senate, to be signed by governor

March 30, 2017

The Iowa Senate on Monday passed workers’ compensation reform legislation (HF 518) without amendment. ABI and several other pro-jobs organizations have been vocal in their support of this legislation. The legislation passed 29-21 with all Republicans voting yes and all Democrats and one Independent voting no.

The Senate debated several amendments that would have substantially altered the the bill to include increased liability of the state’s second injury fund and increased costs for Iowa employers. All amendments were defeated. The debate, at times contentious, can be watched online here.

Gov. Terry E. Branstad has publicly stated his support of workers’ compensation reform and we expect him to sign the legislation later today. Once signed, the bill will go into effect for injuries occurring on or after July 1, 2017. For more information about the legislation, contact Nicole Crain or Jessica Harder. The ABI public policy team will host meetings around the state soon to review the legislative session with members. Workers’ compensation reform will be a key topic.

Read more: Iowa Senate sends workers' compensation changes to Branstad (Sioux City Journal)