Senate to vote on changes to injured workers fund

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A proposal that seeks to make changes to the way injured workers' claims are considered in Tennessee was scheduled for a full Senate vote on Monday evening.

The companion bill to the measure, which is part of Republican Gov. Bill Haslam's legislative package, is set to for the House Finance Committee on Tuesday.

Opponents of the measure say it would reduce benefits and remove impartiality from the judgment process.

One criticism is that under the proposal injured employee cases would no longer be heard in court, but by special judges selected by the person the governor picks to run the workers' compensation division.

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