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AB-553 Workers’ compensation: return-to-work program.(2017-2018)

Bill Status
Daly (A)
Workers’ compensation: return-to-work program.
An act to amend Section 139.48 of the Labor Code, relating to workers’ compensation.

Type of Measure
Inactive Bill - Vetoed
Majority Vote Required
Fiscal Committee
Non-State-Mandated Local Program
Non-Tax levy
Last 5 History Actions
Date Action
09/23/18 Vetoed by Governor.
09/06/18 Enrolled and presented to the Governor at 3 p.m.
08/29/18 Senate amendments concurred in. To Engrossing and Enrolling. (Ayes 56. Noes 22. Page 6826.).
08/27/18 In Assembly. Concurrence in Senate amendments pending. May be considered on or after August 29 pursuant to Assembly Rule 77.
08/27/18 Read third time. Passed. Ordered to the Assembly. (Ayes 26. Noes 12. Page 5802.).
Governor's Veto Message
To the Members of the California State Assembly:

I am returning Assembly Bill 553 without my signature.

This bill requires the Department of Industrial Relations to completely disburse $120 million annually from the Workers' Compensation Return to Work Fund to eligible injured workers.

The Return-to-Work Program began in 2015 and is relatively new.  I am concerned this measure proposes sweeping revisions to the Return-to-Work program that are premature.   The Program's funds will likely be spent in full in the coming fiscal year.  Let's see the progress of that effort before making additional changes to the Program. 

Edmund G. Brown Jr.