SB 0347 Changes definitions within the chapter and modifies regula- tions as to occupational diseases in workers' compensation
LR Number:1258S.03C Fiscal Note:1258-03
Committee:Small Business, Insurance & Industrial Relations
Last Action:05/16/03 - S Inf Calendar S Bills for Perfection w/SCS Journal page:
Title:SCS SB 347
Effective Date:August 28, 2003
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SCS/SB 347 - This act modifies the definition of "accident" and "injury" within Chapter 287, RSMo. Further, the act limits the applicability of an occupational disease within the chapter to cases where the occupational exposure was the dominant factor in causing the mental or physical condition of the employee. Normal physical and mental activities of day to day living are not compensable.

The act modifies Section 287.120 RSMo, which addresses occupational diseases. Subsection 5 of this section is modified to include peace officers certified pursuant to chapter 590, RSMo, if the exposure was the dominant factor in causing the condition or disability.

Employees that are a member of a religious organization which has tenets or teachings opposed to acceptance of insurance benefits may choose to prospectively reject the provisions of Chapter 287, RSMo.