Dems block effort to cut injury benefits for drunken workers

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Posted: Thursday, February 6, 2014 7:00 pm | Updated: 11:08 pm, Thu Feb 6, 2014.

Democrats in the state House of Representatives on Thursday blocked a bill to cut workers’ compensation benefits for drunken employees who are injured on the job.

The proposal, by Republican Rep. Dennis Roch of Logan, was tabled on a 4-3 party-line vote of the House Labor and Human Resources Committee.

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  • Julian R. Grace posted at 9:26 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

    Logies New Mexican Posts: 108

    No, you're just the only one who has commented. Why couldn't they have compromised to fix the law(s)? Even private insurance limits compensation to 70% of a worker's salary at the time of the injury.

  • Carlo Best posted at 7:42 am on Fri, Feb 7, 2014.

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    House Speaker Kenny Martinez, D-Grants, led the opposition to Roch’s bill. Martinez said the measure would unfairly change the workers’ compensation system and could penalize widows and children for the irresponsible actions of a family’s breadwinner

    Is that the society that we have to live in now, where one does not take responsibility for his/her own actions. There are consequences for everything we do. It isn't the employer, city, county, state or country's responsibility to pay for the actions of 1 person. I realize that my actions on and off work come with consequences both good and bad. I also realize that if I act unresponsible at work by drinking or doing drugs at work that I can be fired. I would've caused the unneeded financial stress on my family, not the changing of a law. I guess I may be part of a dying breed of people that take ownership of their actions. People make choices, sometimes bad ones, and sometimes intentionally make those choices knowing they can get away with it. Am I the only one that is looking at this with common sense?


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