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Two Workers Comp Bills Vetoed By California Governor Schwarzenegger


Two Workers Comp Bills Vetoed by Governor Schwarzenegger

The Governator has two Workers Comp bills Vetoed,that opponents said would have had dire effects on the current Workers Comp system in California. Instead of explaining the bills, I included the veto memos from the Governor to the California Senate and State Assembly.

Map Of California Two Workers Comp Bills Composition of California State Senate
Wikimedia Commons – Kurykh

I agree with the first one wholeheartedly. The Governor took a national viewpoint that is consistent with most states.

To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 933 without my signature.

This bill would require a physician conducting utilization review in the workers’ compensation system to be licensed in California. Such a requirement would be inconsistent with how utilization review is conducted in other areas of medicine and not in line with best practices nationwide. The proponents of this measure have not demonstrated a need for this disparity in treatment.

For this reason, I am returning this bill without my signature.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

To the Members of the California State Senate:

I am returning Senate Bill 145 without my signature.

Picture Of Arnold Schwarzenegger Two Workers Comp Bills On Speech
Wikimedia Commons – Nate Mandos

This bill would prevent a workers’ compensation claim from being denied or impacted by an apportionment determination because the employee’s injury or death was related to the employee’s race, religious creed, color, national origin, age, gender, marital status, sex, or genetic characteristics. This measure, like Senate Bill 1115 (2008), which I previously vetoed, would significantly undermined the state’s workers’ compensation apportionment reforms of 2004. In addition, although this measure purports to address instances where a workers’ compensation claim was improperly denied when a hate crime was committed against an employee, this issue has been addressed by Assembly Bill 1093, which I signed last year.

For these reasons, I am unable to sign this bill.


Arnold Schwarzenegger

Update – I wonder what the Governor would have thought of the upcoming SB 863 that was signed into law after his tenure.

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Raleigh, NC, United States

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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

LexisNexis has twice recognized his blog as one of the Top 25 Blogs on Workers’ Compensation. J&L has been listed in AM Best’s Preferred Providers Directory for Insurance Experts – Workers Compensation for over eight years. He recently won the prestigious Baucom Shine Lifetime Achievement Award for his volunteer contributions to the area of risk management and safety. James was recently named as an instructor for the prestigious Insurance Academy.

James is on the Board of Directors and Treasurer of the North Carolina Mid-State Safety Council. He has published two manuals on Workers’ Compensation and three different claims processing manuals. He has also written and has been quoted in numerous articles on reducing Workers’ Compensation costs for public and private employers. James publishes a weekly newsletter with 7,000 readers.

He currently possess press credentials and am invited to various national Workers Compensation conferences as a reporter.

James’s articles or interviews on Workers’ Compensation have appeared in the following publications or websites:

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