Keep Worker's Compensation Fair

SB 73 would shift the Kansas worker's compensation system to favor the employer


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We the undersigned agree,

Senate Bill 73 proposes to shift worker's compensation from the current system to a system that would favor the employer over injured workers all across Kansas. The workers compensation system should not be tilted to benefit one side over the other, keep the system fair and reject SB 73. Injured Kansas workers shouldn't be left out in the cold.

Background

SB 73 seeks to require physicians to use the sixth edition of the American Medical Association Guides for Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, an edition that have been rejected by across the country as being too employer biased.

It also proposes to shorten the amount of time from 20 days to 10 days that employees have to give notice to the former employer of the accident.


Signatures
Colin Curtis - Kansas City, KS
Melisa Mesa - Kansas City, KS
eugene groene - wichita, KS - "How dumb can that be. Are you people on drugs? You need to protect us not some greedy company."
Levi Henry - Wichita, KS - "We just had a major overhaul of the work comp system in 2011, which unfairly tilted the system against working Kansans. Working Kansans pay for this insurance coverage via their wages. Don't deform the system to a point that taxpayers are stuck paying for injuries caused by negligent employers. "
Carrie Storm - Overland Park, KS
Brody Beck - Manhattan, KS
Charmarose Craven - Luray, KS
Freddy Moore II - Kansas City, KS
Brad Badger - Lawrence, KS
dave berner - madison, KS - "Why is there this constant war against the working people of this state? Who does this benefit. Lets follow the money."
Gabriela Sherraden - Junction City, KS
stephen biggs - perry, KS - "Pull your head out. Vote this one down."
Eric B'Hymer - Iola, KS
Corene s - m, KS
brad prochaska - wichita, KS
Kathleen Andrews - Wichita, KS
Jeremy Gibson - Topeka, KS - "Understand, I appreciate your work in the Senate as you continue to work to improve Kansas' position as a employer friendly state. However, I do NOT agree with the tactic of making it more friendly on the backs (literally) of employees. I have yet to hear of a business venture looking to relocate to Kansas say, "Eww, you guys don't follow the 6th edition? Mark Kansas off the list!""
Mark Michael - Iola, KS
Janet Kay Edwards - Osawatomie, KS - "Please leave workers comp the way it is!"
Dan Dimmitt - Lawrence, ks
bonnie uffman - Lawrence, KS
Kelley Wyatt - Tonganoxie, KS
Charles Morris - Kansas City, KS - "Kansas Workers Compensation already favors the employer. Kansas is gutting Medicaid, so this would leave injured workers to fend for themselves."
Ron Perry - Topeka, KS
Blaine Dryden - Hays, KS
Kris Holmes - Topeka, KS
Jeffrey Austin - Overland Park, KS
Nancy Fritz - Prairie Village, KS
Michael Bird - Topeka, KS
Jamie Desmarais - Wichita, KS
Christine Livingston - Waterville, KS
mike loburgio - great bend, KS - "Senate Bill 73 proposes to shift worker's compensation from the current system to a system that would favor the employer over injured workers all across Kansas. The workers compensation system should not be tilted to benefit one side over the other, keep the system fair and reject SB 73. Injured Kansas workers shouldn't be left out in the cold."
Marye Raux - Wichita, KS
Lyle Mickey - Auburn, KS
Bruce Sieling - Wichita, KS
Philip Petty - Manhattan, KS - "Keep the system fair and reject SB 73"
Cindy Raux - Wichita, KS - "I do not trust Brownback to do anything for the people.He is for big business not the people"
Gregg Gibson - Wichita, KS
Matt Newbery - Pittsburg, KS
Maggie Iuen - Wichita, KS - "Have you never been injured at work? Do you know what it is like to worry about feeding your family? Do you know what it's like to be injured and get the run around from insurance companies, doctors and your job all at once?? 10 days ?? Please remember it is the workers that keep the business owner in business!! Thank you"
NORM TERRY - WICHITA, KS
William Breitenstein - Kansas City, KS
Mark Smith - Lansing, KS
Sandra Siebert - Perry, KS
Joseph Adler - Lawrence, KS - "I am a card carrying Republican that's voted for Obama twice now. Why? Because of STUPID ideas like this."
John Williamson - Lawrence, KS
Linda Farmer - Lawrence, KS
Tracy Lubaczewski - Lawrence, KS
gerry bley - mcpherson, KS
Anne Pritchett - Overland Park, KS
william brown - topeka, KS - "Let me say that I personally say that I hope that its not one of your. own family members that need help cause you are messing this one up and for what. please come and explain to the people that are in need of our elected to officials to have their backs shame on you. WE THE PEOPLE WHAT HAPPEN WHERE DID THE SUPPORT GO.WHO DID I VOTE FOR. "
Michael Haight - Overland Park, KS - "Work comp laws are supposed to protect and provide for the injured worker while insulating employers from personal injury lawsuits. The administration continues to erode the workers' protections to the point that the system is becoming a sham. The workers vote and pay! Do what's right by them!"
Shirley Jacques - Salina, KS
Julie Parker - Larned, KS - "This should NOT be passed. It is hard enough currently to deal with workers comp claims for the employee and should put more favoritism to the employer! I am speaking from personal experience since we have been dealing with workers comp with my husband for many years and know the difficulties we have had as a result!"
Anthony L. (Tony) Schmitt - Salina, KS - "It is the employer who do not keep a safe working envrionment for the employee to work in. "
Janice Fullerton - Lawrence, KS
Jane Dooley - Wichita, KS
Penny Kramer - Lawrence, KS
Susan Butterfield - Lawrence, KS
Jeff Wicks - Wichita, KS
Ellen Stevens - Lenexa, KS
thomas maxey - salina, KS
Jay Hundley - Baldwin City, KS
Linda Raner - Shawnee, KS
Gayla Amend - Wichita, KS
Daniel Amend - Wichita, KS
Roger Holden - lawrence, KS
Jennifer Elliott - Lenexa, KS
Terry Haskins - Clearwater, KS - "Kansas Workers Compensation already favors the employer. Kansas is gutting Medicaid, so this would leave injured workers to fend for themselves. We just had a major overhaul of the work comp system in 2011, which unfairly tilted the system against working Kansans. Working Kansans pay for this insurance coverage via their wages. Don't deform the system to a point that taxpayers are stuck paying for injuries caused by negligent employers. " "
Vashti Winterburg - Lawrence, KS
Marion Green - Leavenworth, KS
Susan Alexander - Hutchinson, KS
sharen Edmonds - lawrence, KS - "keep the system fair. Reject SB 73."
Carrie Watts - Olathe, KS
Bruce Tunnell - Topeka, KS
Sean Gatewood - Topeka, KS
Richard Eason - McLouth, KS
Curtis campbell - Silver Lake, KS
Bill Wesemann - Goddard, KS
Dan Woodard - Topeka, KS
SUSAN GLEIM - MT HOPE, KS
SUSAN GLEIM - MT HOPE, KS
MYRON GLEIM - MT HOPE, KS
MYRON GLEIM - MT HOPE, KS
PEGGY HERMES - ANDALE, KS
JOHN HERMES - ANDALE, KS
PEGGY HERMES - ANDALE, KS
JOHN HERMES - ANDALE, KS
SCOTT HERMES - MT HOPE, KS
SCOTT HERMES - MT HOPE, KS
JESSICA ROGERS - MT HOPE, KS
JESSICA ROGERS - MT HOPE, KS
Dan Rutherford - Wichita, KS
DALE AND MARILYNN MOORE - Wichita, KS
Vicki Arnett - Topeka, KS
Daleand Marilynn Moore - Wichita, KS
Steven Pollock - Wichita, KS
Linda Ligons - Wichita, KS - "I'm with you all. "
Robert J. Roberts - Pittsburg, KS - "Another dumb bill."
Lonny Wright - Wichita, KS - "Even 20 days is too short for an employee to realize that an injury will not easily cure itself. I urge you to oppose SB 73. LonnythePlumber, 316-619-7571"
Barbara Sproul-Coleman - Wichita, KS
Marc Haynes - Wichita, KS - "I have been intimately involved in dealing with a work comp injury regarding my wife and USD 259 in Wichita. I have to tell you that it even five years ago the advantage seemed to be against the worker. She was not even paid back her biweekly payroll contributions to KPERS. I cannot imagine it being any worse. That being said, I would not be in favor of SB 73. "
Thomas Anderson - Wichita, KS - "Why do we continue to attack the working class in this state??? "
Joe Hicks - Andover, KS - "Injured workers need enough time to see the physician and insurance and get everything in order with the Doctor to report the injury, 10 days is not enough time. "
Patrick Cantwell - Wichita, KS
Teresa Hammett - Marysville, KS
Wayne Ellis - Bel Aire, KS
Lonnie Freeman - Wichita, KS
Kathleen Arbogast - Topeka, KS - "Please quit making it harder and harder for injured workers to get medical attention and compensation"
Dale Fooshee - Topeka, KS
Gary Hawley - Andover, KS
Terry Cleveland - Salina, KS
Flora Bishop - Wichita, KS
Jean Johns - Kincaid, KS - "ALEC has complete control of the flood of bills attacking the workers of Kansas. Please stand up to this barrage against the middle class in Kansas. "
Larry Wilson - Wichita, KS
James Minor - Baldwin City, KS
Robert J. Roberts - Pittsburg, KS - "Am I my brother's keeper? Yes."
Frank Gallegos - Wichita, KS
Frank Gallegos - Wichita, KS
Jarrod Lehman - toronto, KS
Gregory Gibson - Wichita, KS
Darrick Meyer - Wichita, KS - "Leave things alone. You tried to screw me and lost. We will vote your worthless butts out along with Brokeback"
Connie Kleinschmit - Wichita, KS
Deborah Plummer - St. Marys, KS - "Did ALEC help you write this Bill? Funded by the Koch Brothers? Stop listening to these anti-middle class groups. Bit-by-bit, you are tearing down the spirit/laws of our Constitution, which says take care of our people/"the commons." You don't believe in climate change, you don't believe unions, you don't believe in public education, you don't believe in health care for all, but you do believe in the wealthy corporations having as much as they can get."
Jessica Gibson - Wichita, KS
bertha zaragoza - wichita, KS
rick self - wichita, KS
woody thompson - Wichita, KS - "Be fair to kansas workers. they are the best in the world."
Michael Bayouth - Wichita, KS
Anthony Sanders - Derby, KS
EDMOND MARTIN - Wichita, KS
Mary Hough - Wichita, KS
John Willoughby - Wichita, KS
Earline Simpson - wichita, KS
Judy Dillard - Wichita, KS - "Kansas needs good workers - this kind of treatment will drive them away. Word will get out."
Judy Fraser - Wichita, KS - "Brownback doesn't care about anyone but the rich!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Barry Stanley - Wichita, KS - "Senate Bill 73 is objectionable, but not surprising."
Michael Balton - Wichita, KS - "I do not want to hear a lot of TALK, we all what ACTION!"
suzanne simon - andover, KS
Jonelld Davies - Wichita, KS
Rosie Black - wichita, KS
Everett West - Wichita, KS
Margalee Wright - Wichita, KS
evelyn bland - Wichita, KS
Elizabeth Lister - Wichita, KS
Douglas Pickarts - Wichita, KS
Joan Owens Calloway - Wichita, KS
Joe Henderson - Wichita, KS
John Brooks - Wichita, KS
Nathan Moser - Wichita, KS - "Its clear the governator despises the poor and people with disabilities. Perhaps he can move to FL with all his cronies and leave our state alone..."
Ken Lewellen - Wichita, KS - "Working people against Senate Bill 73....Hey keep it fair.... I paid my time to this company 35 + yrs.. "
Cyndi Clough - Wichita, KS
Randy Morrow - Wichita, KS
Lynne Worthington - El Dorado, KS
Allan Unruh - Valley Center, KS - "Working people of Kansas are tired of giving back to their employers. Wages, benefits and now workman's comp. Where will it end? Make Kansas a state friendly to working people, not only to business."
Judith Brown - Wichita, KS
Peter Ellenstein - Independence, KS
Stephenie Roberts - Wichita, KS
Beverly Hoskins - Wichita, KS - "Please do make changes that are deliterious to our people"
Vaughn Langley - Wichita, KS
John B. Gariglietti - Kansas City, KS - "As an attorney practicing in the workers compensation arena, the purpose of this Bill is to favor businesses just like the majority of the recent changes to Kansas Workers Compensation Law, which took effect in the year 2011. Combined with Brownback's Bill to handpick judges (already passed by the senate), this Bill only confirms his overall agenda to favor his major supporters, the businesses and their ideals. It is sad, especially seeing how the recent workers compensation changes have affected my clients for the worse. "
Linda Minshall - Derby, KS
Diana Bryson-Brooks - Wichita, KS
consuelo dean - wichita, KS
Frank Vopat - Wichita, KS
Bennie Dunnavent - Haysville, KS
Marc Doshier - Wichita, KS - "Please Reject this bill. Thanks"
Alyssa Marr - Arkansas City, KS
Jennifer Weishaar - Lawrence, KS
David Klish - Derby, KS
Josie Nixon - Lawrence, KS
Marcy Camp - Wichita, KS - "The current workers comp system in Kansas already protects employers more than it protects it's employees. Employees who are injured don't have a choice of physicians or doctors, lose wages for the first week they must take off for an injury, the rest of their wages are only covered at 66 percent of their salary, and even that amount is capped. Workers need protection. "
Christopher Cooksey - Hays, KS
Marion Petty - Little River, KS - "We should be protecting our workers not harming them! What are you trying to do make everyone leave this state except for a chosen few?? "
johnny roberts - andover, KS - "you must stop this at once.this is not fair to the labor force. the ones that do the manaul labor.."
DAWN MARTIN - Wichita, KS
Shane Dulohery - Valley Center Ks, KS - "God is watching"