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Breaking news: SB 2551 by Hinojosa relating to liability, payment, and death benefits of certain workers comp claims such as, cancers clears the House chambers.
The bill will head to the Senate to approve amendments submitted by the House for final passage.  Once the Senate concurs with the bill it will be sent to the Governor’s desk for his signature. This bill provides clarity of types of cancers covered under workers comp.  The bill will also prohibit city’s to claim sovereign immunity and allow employees to recover attorneys fees if sued by the insurance carrier who acts in bad faith.  Mission firefighters together with ...

Legislative Update 5-18-19
With 9 days left in the 86th Legislative session and 3 days left to get our bill out of calender's committee for a house vote. I am pleased to announce that our bill SB 2551 (workers comp) was out of calendars at midnight and will be heard on the house floor on Monday. We are expecting the bill will be heard late in the day. We are not anticipating any opposition, however there will be 2 amendments to the bill making the bill stronger. If approved in the House, the bill will head back to th...

Legislative Update
With 14 days left of the 86th legislative session SB 2551, workers comp bill, was referred to House State Affairs last week and a hearing was held this morning. We are expected that the bill we be voted out tomorrow and be on its way to the committee of calenders. This is very good development and involved a lot of work to get it routed properly. If everything goes as planned we will have the the bill heard on the house floor by next Tuesday. This bill was filed on the Senate side a little ...

SB 2551 passes Senate chamber moves to the House
Senate Bill 2551 by Hinojosa, moved passage from the senate chambers and now will be headed to the House for consideration. Members met with Senator Hinojosa, at the capitol as the bill was passed. Senator Hinojosa, introduced this piece of legislation so that first responders would not go through the broken workers comp system that currently exists. There is 19 days left in the 86th Legislative session and hope working with House members this bill will become law. ***Originally posted May ...

Senate bill proposed to help first responders with job related injuries and illness by KGBT
Right now, several people in the Valley are championing for a Senate Bill that would protect first responders. Lt. Homer Salinas, from the Mission Fire Department, remembers his own as he reads the names of Mission firefighters that lost their lives due to health-related issues that rose from working in the line of duty. "My brothers, I call them my brothers they sat beside me in an engine," Salinas said. Salinas has been with the fire department for 17 years. He says that in the last dec...

Senate Bill 2551 voted out by the Texas Senate of Business & Commerce Committee
A hearing on SB 2551 by Hinojosa was heard by the Texas Senate of Business & Commerce. Homer Salinas, testified and thanked the committee for setting a hearing to fix the workers comp system. The bill (SB 2551) was voted out of committee and soon to be heard on the Senate floor. Thank you to Senator Juan Chuy Hinojosa for always advocating for first responders. **Originally posted May 2 2019

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