State Sen. John Braun’s bill to privatize the state-run workers’ compensation program failed to get out of committee and is likely dead this session, according to Senate Republicans.
Braun, R-Centralia, had said he was aiming to cut costs for businesses, which have had to absorb steep insurance rate increases in recent years, while still caring for injured workers.
The bill was referred to the Senate Commerce and Labor Committee but never was put to a vote. Last Friday was the deadline for bills to receive Senate approval so they can move to the House.
While bills can be resurrected at any time in the Legislature, Braun’s proposal faced opposition from labor groups and Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee. Braun represents the 20th District, which includes parts of Cowlitz County.