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Berkeley County Commission opposes bill

March 26, 2001

Berkeley County Commission opposes bill



MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County Commission Thursday went on record opposing a bill in the West Virginia Legislature that would affect how local governments compensate their injured workers

Commission Attorney Norwood Bentley III said the bill would eliminate the immunity local governments now have from being sued by their employees injured on the job on top of any workers' compensation claim. Private businesses enjoy the same immunity, but they would keep the protection under Senate Bill 423, Bentley said.

In addition, the bill would increase the cap on jury awards for injured workers from $500,000 to $6 million, he said. That also would affect only local governments, he said.

"You might as well give up if you get one of those," said Commissioner Robert Burkhart. "You'd only need one of those in a lifetime and the county would be broke."

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The commission voted to send a letter opposing the legislation.

- Bob Partlow

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