Senators mull changing Miss. workers' comp bill

By Jeff Amy/The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators are considering making further changes to a workers’ compensation bill that has sparked controversy in the Legislature this year.

Supporters say the bill removes an existing bias toward workers, while opponents say changes would make it harder for workers to get paid for injuries. Workers’ compensation insurance is supposed to limit employers’ liability, in exchange for not making workers prove who’s at fault.

The House actually passed Senate Bill 2576 twice, pulling it back for more debate in between. Supporters are urging senators to agree to House changes and send the bill to Gov. Phil Bryant, avoiding the chance of another reversal in the House.

But several senators who voted for the measure the first time expressed concerns Tuesday, urging negotiations with House members to seek more changes.