Schwarzenegger Vetoes Bills Related to State Workers’ Compensation System
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) on Thursday vetoed two bills related to the state workers' compensation system. Summaries of the bills, among the first to be vetoed by Schwarzenegger, are provided below.
AB 900: Sponsored by Assembly member Jerome Horton (D-Inglewood), the bill would have enabled racetracks to allocate up to $10 million from certain bets to reduce racetrack operators' workers' compensation costs. Schwarzenegger wrote in his veto message that he wanted "comprehensive" changes to the workers' compensation program, not "narrowly drawn solutions," the Los Angeles Times reports.
- AB 968: Sponsored by Assembly member Lou Correa (D-Anaheim), the bill would have expanded workers' compensation coverage to include reactions to medications administered to prevent diseases. In his veto message, Schwarzenegger indicated that he vetoed the bill because it would have allowed claims for injuries resulting from vaccinations that were not approved by an employer (Nicholas, Los Angeles Times, 1/23).