SACRAMENTO (CBS / AP) — The state Senate has approved a bill to prevent professional athletes who spent most of their careers with teams in other states from filing workers’ compensation claims in California.
AB1309, by Democratic Assemblyman Henry Perea of Fresno, would block future claims for non-specific cumulative injuries.READ MORE: UPDATE: Police Shoot, Kill Armed Suspect Outside San Francisco Airport International Terminal; Bullet Hits Bystander
Supporters say the claims increase the burden on the state workers’ compensation system and could raise insurance costs. They say the athletes can get compensation for their injuries in the state where they were primarily employed.READ MORE: Santa Rosa Hostage Standoff Ends; Knife-Wielding Suspect Arrested; Victims Including Small Child Unharmed
Opponents say the measure would let the owners of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer teams avoid liability for legitimate injuries. Team owners, not taxpayers, pay for workers’ compensation.
It passed the Senate on a 34-2 vote Friday, and returns to the Assembly for final action.MORE NEWS: Thick Fog Bank Blankets San Francisco, North Bay Valleys
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