04RS HB499


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HB 499 (BR 1683) - R. Webb, H. Cornett, T. Couch, C. Embry Jr, J. Gray, K. Hall, C. Hoffman, J. Jenkins, L. Napier, R. Nelson, A. Smith, B. Smith, J. Stewart, B. Yonts

     AN ACT relating to workers' compensation
     Amend KRS 342.316 to delete consensus procedure for coal-related occupational pneumoconiosis claims and require submission of two "B" reader x-ray interpretations; amend 342.732 to permit miners aged 52, rather than 57, to elect cash benefits in lieu of retraining; amend 342.792 to permit filing and reopening of claims with last exposure occurring between December 12, 1996, and effective date of the Act by December 12, 2005, or within the limits of 342.316, whichever is longer; amend various sections of KRS Chapter 342 to change reference from coal workers' pneumoconiosis to coal-related occupational pneumoconiosis; repeal KRS 342.794, relating to the "B" reader list.

     Feb 12-introduced in House
     Feb 13-to Labor and Industry (H)
     Feb 17-posted in committee
     Feb 24-reported favorably, 1st reading, to Calendar
     Feb 25-2nd reading, to Rules
     Mar 2-recommitted to Labor and Industry (H)
     Mar 11-reported favorably, to Rules
     Mar 15-posted for passage in the Regular Orders of the Day for Tuesday, March 16, 2004
     Mar 16-3rd reading, passed 88-0
     Mar 17-received in Senate
     Mar 22-to Appropriations and Revenue (S)

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