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Veto Bill Stripping Safety Consultants of Workers’ Comp Lawsuit Immunity, ASSE Tells Illinois Governor

A letter from ASSE President Kathy Seabrook on behalf of ASSE’s Illinois members urged Illinois Governor Pat Quinn to veto legislation (SB 3287) that would strip from independent safety consultants current immunity from lawsuits under the state’s workers’ compensation law.
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ASSE Backs Effort to Save Independent Safety Consultant Lawsuit Immunity under Illinois Workers’ Comp Law

On behalf of its member independent safety consultants in Illinois, ASSE has opposed a bill (SB 3287) in both the Illinois Senate and House that aims to strip unfairly their current immunity from lawsuits under the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Act but continue to protect insurers and companies who provide the same safety services.
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Maryland Bills to Require Contractor Safety Prequalification Backed by ASSE

ASSE, on behalf of its members in Maryland, supported bills in the Senate and House of Delegates to require the Maryland Department of Labor to develop and adopt a safety questionnaire and a safety rating system for use by the state’s public sector employers determine if bidders on public sector construction projects are committed to workpla

Florida Governor Scott Signs ASSE-Backed Texting Ban Into Law

On May 28, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill to ban texting while driving actively supported supported by ASSE and its members in Florida.  ASSE joined in a state-wide, bipartisan effort to pass the bill that was led by the FL DNT TXT+DRIVE COALITION, as the press release announcing Governor Scott’s action indicates.
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Contractor Prequalification Bill Backed by ASSE in Maryland

ASSE and its members in Maryland expressed support for a bill (HB 1486) that would require the Maryland Department of Labor to develop and adopt a safety questionnaire and a safety rating system for the state’s public sector employers to use to help ensure that bidders for public sector construction projects can demonstrate a commitment to wo

Arizona Texting Ban Sponsor Speaks Eloquently in Defeat

Facing certain defeat on the Arizona Senate floor, Senator Steve Farley still spoke with eloquence and calm determination in support of an amendment that would move forward his bill (SB1218) to ban texting in the state.  Senator Farley’s defense of the effort and the debate against it was captured YouTube.
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ASSE Florida Members Back Legislative Effort to Ban Texting

Inspired by fellow ASSE members’ effort to ban texting in Arizona, Florida’s ASSE members have joined in an effort to pass legislation that would ban texting in their state.
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Arizona ASSE Members Back Texting Ban Bill

On behalf of its nearly 600 Arizona members, ASSE voiced support for a bill (SB 1218) by Senator Steve Farley to prohibit text messaging while operating a motor vehicle in Arizona.
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ASSE Asks for Public Hearing in Illinois Asbestos Abatement Rulemaking

Concerned with the lack of outreach to safety and health professionals and the quick action taken to adopt amended rules, ASSE filed a comment asking that the Illinois Department of Public Health hold a hearing on the changes to its rules governing Asbestos Abatement for Public and Private School and Commercial and Public Buildings.
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ASSE Signals Opposition to Reported California Effort to Corner PEL Work for CIHs

On behalf of its nearly 3,000 members in California, ASSE sent a letter to the sponsor of state legislation that has been reported will be used by the California Industrial Hygiene Council (CIHC) to ensure that only CIHs would be able to supervise or direct the monitoring of control methods for PELs in California workplaces.
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ASSE’s Michigan Members Oppose Bill to End MIOSHA

ASSE’s members in Michigan have stated their staunch support for Michigan’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) in a letter to the sponsor of a bill (SB 14) bill that would abolish the state plan.
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ASSE Members in Maryland Oppose Bill to Create New IH Designations

ASSE members in Maryland have taken a stand against a bill that would establish two new industrial hygiene designations in the state.
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ASSE’s Michigan Members Continue Opposition to Sanitarian Licensure Substitute Bill

Following opposition from ASSE and others, the House sponsor of a Michigan bill (HB 6205) to license sanitarians offered a last-minute Substitute that quickly passed the Michigan House on November 10. ASSE opposed the original bill because it would have required a sanitarian license to do occupational safety and health and environmental health.
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ASSE Opposes Sanitarian Bill in Michigan

ASSE members in Michigan are working to make sure a bill that would license sanitarians in Michigan does not keep them from practicing as safety, health and environmental professionals in that state.
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ASSE Protects SH&E Level Playing Field on Mold in Arkansas and Maryland

In Arkansas and Maryland, ASSE is taking a stand for all SH&E professionals by opposing legislation that would inappropriately give preference to one SH&E designation in dealing with possible risks associated with mold.  In Arkansas, an ASSE letter objects to a bill that has already passed the House.
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