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Current Directory - / Governor Kitzhaber

  File or Folder Name / Type Brief Description
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file.gif Charge_to_MLAC_6_1996.htm He states, "At one point last session I felt compelled to characterize the workers' compensation system as the "Bosnia" of Oregon politics. This climate has created a landscape littered with employee corpses along the way."
file.gif Change_of_Opinion_in_1998.htm Quotes include, "Other states recognize Oregon as a leader in developing a successful, responsible workers' compensation system" and "This kind of success doesn't come from playing politics or trying to evade responsibility."
file.gif Governor_appoints_panel.htm Employers have saved nearly $5 billion in workers' comp insurance premiums since 1990. Labor representatives complained that legislative reforms have shut too many injured workers out of the system in an effort to cut costs.
file.gif Kitzhaber_Revisits.htm Gov. John Kitzhaber says in 1999 that a new law to reform workers compensation has cut accidents and employer costs, but could deprive many injured workers of benefits.
file.gif SB_369.htm In 1995, the Oregon Legislature made null an Oregon Supreme Court ruling giving injured employees the right to sue employers if they are denied workers' comp. benefits. In 2001, the Court once again ruled the prohibition unconstitutional.
file.gif Taking_Stock_of_Kitzhaber.htm The Willamette Week writes in 1998, "By signing a Republican-authored workers' compensation reform bill, Gov. Kitzhaber raised doubts about his commitment to working people."
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