Ray Farabee, Co-Chair
Robert J. 'Bob' Glasgow, Co-Chair
Richard A. Smith, Co-Chair
Kent A. Caperton
Cyndi Taylor Krier
Bob Leonard, Jr.
John T. Montford
Conduct a detailed study of worker's compensation systems in Texas, the impact of the system on employees and employers, and how other states have addressed the problems that Texas now faces. The study may include but need not be limited to the following items:
(1) a study to gather information relating to the procedure for the payment of claims;
(2) a determination of the actual impact of the workers' compensation system on economic development and job creation;
(3) an investigation of the system provided by current Texas law for the delivery of workers' compensation benefits to injured workers to determine whether of not that system is the most efficient possible;
(4) a comprehensive study of the organization and operation of the Industrial Accident Board;
(5) a probe into the means and methods by which employers may seek indemnification against claims for workers' compensation benefits;
(6) a study of job safety in general and how to provide additional incentives to employers and employees to increase safety in the workplace;
(7) an investigation of the workers' compensation assigned risk pool generally, with specific emphasis on finding ways to increase the efficiency of the pool and to decrease its operating costs;
(8) a study of the manner in which other jurisdictions have approached the problems Texas currently faces in the delivery of workers' compensation benefits; and
(9) any other matter calculated to yield useful data that could make the Texas workers' compensation system more efficient and more responsive to the needs of the most workers and employers.
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