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During the Senate Select Committee hearing on Workers' Compensation Senator Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) said, “I’ve just got to jump in. I’ve got to clarify. I’m sure at some point we are going to have a good healthy discussion about mandated verses non-mandated. But I have to tell you that in my opinion it is a very erroneous assumption that just because an employer is not participating in the state system that the benefits their employees are receiving are less than in the state system."

Senator Nelson also questioned an earlier exchange between another Senator and a Union representative regarding the elective nature of Texas’ workers’ compensation system. Senator Nelson added that she didn’t believe Texas is the only state where businesses can elect not to participate in a state workers’ compensation program.

Senator Nelson also added, “Employers for the most part want to take care of their employees and they want to protect their employees, but they also want to stay in business. And that’s our dilemma here. Why our system is so expensive and what we can do to lessen the cost.”

“I think there are a lot of employers who would love to participate in the state system and can’t afford it. And if they go out of business there are not going to be jobs for those employees. I was an employer back when we were discussing this then (1989 reforms) and it was certainly an issue about the mandated verses non-mandated. And I’ve got to tell you, the reason they weren’t providing it then; they couldn’t afford it. We’ve got to get these costs down.”

Senator Nelson has supported responsible nonsubscribing businesses and TXANS members for a number of years. Senator Nelson is the Co-Chair of the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services and she serves on the Senate Select Committee on Workers’ Compensation.

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