The state senate is bogged down in debate on re-financing the Second Injury Fund, which is facing about 30,000 claims and one-billion dollars in unfunded liabilities. Senators took a break at mid-day for committee hearings but plan to return to the chamber at 5 p.m., hoping to get first-round approval on the bill.
Attorney General Chris Koster, whose office handles Second Injury Fund cases, says, “My preference is that we close the fund.” But he’ll accept legislative action that continues it with funding to deal with the thousands of cases and hundreds of millions of dollars in claims against it. “What I care about is that mathematically whatever their decision is works for the people of Missouri. Just take a realistic look at this thing; give us a direction to proceed that allows this fund to take care of the workers that have been injured,” he says.