UPDATE | 2021 WORKERS’ COMPENSATION LEGISLATION
As we reported last week, the Business and Labor Committee advanced LB 256 to General File on a 7-0 vote. Introduced by Senator Matt Hansen, LB 256 provides that a release may be used to finalize an agreement to resolve all issues other than future medical where the employee is eligible for Medicare, is a Medicare beneficiary, or has a reasonable expectation of becoming a Medicare beneficiary within 30 months of the settlement.
Because LB 256 advanced without any dissenting votes, the bill is eligible to be considered on “Consent Calendar”, and Senator Hansen has requested the Speaker of the Legislature to place the bill on Consent Calendar. As you may know, the Consent Calendar process allows for quick consideration of non-controversial legislation. Unless three senators file a request to “pull” a bill from the Consent Calendar agenda, after no more than 15 minutes of debate, a vote is taken on advancement of the bill to the next round of debate.
Other WC Bills
Where the deadline to designate priority bills has passed, it is unlikely that any other workers’ compensation legislation other than LB 256 will be considered this session.