In national news:

A Tennessee House of Representatives subcommittee hearing for a bill that would allow private employers to opt out of the state’s workers comp system has been canceled. HB 997 sponsor Rep. Jeremy Durham, a Republican who is currently on an approved leave of absence, on Monday took the bill “off notice,” meaning it won’t be heard by the Tennessee House Consumer and Human Resources Subcommittee at this time, according to a Business Insurance report. WorkCompCentral reports that the leave is due to accusations that Durham sent inappropriate text messages to women and had an affair with a fellow legislator. The “Tennessee Employee Injury Benefit Alternative,” a measure that would allow employers to provide injury benefit plans that are less comprehensive than state-mandated workers comp insurance, was proposed in February 2015. The bill borrows language from Oklahoma and Texas, which have opt out currently.

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