The 2015 session of the Louisiana state Legislature officially began today, April 13th, 2015. Although the filing deadline for both the House and Senate is not until the 22nd, several key bills affecting the workers’ compensation arena across the state have been pre-filed. Every Monday throughout the session, which is slated to end on June 11th, Louisiana Comp Blog will keep you up to date on the bills we’re tracking and the latest developments.
Due to term limits, sixty percent of the current membership of the Louisiana Legislature will be barred from re-election in the next four years. By the 2019 elections, there will be forty-seven term limited representatives from the House and nineteen from the upper chamber for a total of sixty-six ineligible candidates, according to Jeremy Alford at LaPolitics Weekly, and on October 24, 2015, Louisiana will elect a new Governor.
In light of this potential political upheaval in the coming years and the impending gubernatorial election, Louisiana Comp Blog reached out to local workers’ comp industry leaders to ask them about their hot button issues: what do potential Louisiana politicians up for election and re-election need to know about workers’ comp right now?
Last month, the workers’ comp industry in the southern region of the nation received another shock comparable to the Padgett decision in Florida. This time, the wave originated in Oklahoma with Duck v. Morgan Tire. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke with Bob Burke, counsel for the plaintiff, about the case and the “death of the exclusive remedy.”