Statement from Rep. Kevin Parker on passage of workers’ compensation insurance reform – House Bill 2123

Compromise passes on day 28 of the 30-day special session


House Bill 2123 passed off the House floor today on a vote of 69–26. Rep. Kevin Parker, R-Spokane, voted in favor of the workers’ compensation insurance reform compromise and issued the following statement:

“As both a public servant and small-business owner, I believe this workers’ compensation reform is a step in the right direction and will help employers retain workers and start hiring again. Without this bill, our employers would have faced double-digit rate increases and our system could have been threatened financially. This legislation is good for workers, employers and the solvency of our system. Much like unemployment insurance reforms passed in the regular legislative session, this measure will improve our business climate and is an example of what can happen when sides come together for a common goal.”

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