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Governor signs JTAC, workers’ comp bills into law

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The Division of State Court Administration’s Judicial Technology and Automation Committee will see a temporary boost in funding for its Odyssey case management system under a new law signed by Gov. Mike Pence.

House Enrolled Act 1393 increases the civil filing fee dedicated for Odyssey from $5 to $7 for two years. After that, it will drop back to the $5 level. The new law also creates an oversight committee that will report to the Legislature on matters such as whether funding for Odyssey should be extended.

Counties that do not use Odyssey will use that fee for the operation and maintenance of their systems.

Pence signed the legislation this weekend, but held a ceremonial signing at 2 p.m. Monday in his office.

Pence also signed HEA 1320 Saturday, which reconfigures the state’s workers’ compensation laws. It increases nonmedical workers’ compensation caps to $390,000 per injury for injuries occurring after July 1, 2014. It increases the average weekly wage used to calculate compensation for nonmedical temporary partial or total disability, and for total permanent disability. On or after July 1, 2014, the average weekly wage used will increase $195 to $1,170.

The new law also urges the Legislative Council to assign to the interim study committee on insurance the study of workers’ compensation and occupational disease compensation topics, including minimum payment amounts for services or products provided by medical service facilities, payments for implants, and the establishment and membership of a committee to advise the Worker’s Compensation Board in the administration of a workers’ comp and occupational diseases compensation program.

 

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