Effort to modify state's workers' comp coverage fails in Colorado

| Friday, March 10, 2006

A bill in the Colorado Senate has died that sought to clarify that owner-operators are not required to purchase workers’ compensation coverage.

The Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee voted 4-2 to kill the bill – SB191.

Among the groups that pursued the measure were the Colorado Motor Carriers Association and the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association.

It came in response to a recent court ruling that called into question whether Colorado-based independent contactors in trucking are exempt from the state’s requirement that they purchase workers’ compensation coverage.

Sponsored by Sen. Jennifer Veiga, D-Denver, the measure was intended to clarify that owner-operators shouldn’t be treated differently than any other independent contractor in the state and be required to have workers’ compensation coverage.

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