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Sponsor pulls controversial Louisiana workers’ compensation bill

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Just as the bill that would have restricted workers’ compensation benefits available to Saints players injured during the offseason or training camp was ready for a full vote on the Senate floor, the bill has disappeared.

According to Emily Lane of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the sponsor of the controversial bill has pulled it.

Representative Chris Broadwater explained that he “is not planning to move the bill further.”  He hopes that the two sides can agree to a formula for calculating the benefits.

The dispute centers on whether an injured player will receive benefits based on his full-season salary, or based on the much lower rate of compensation received during the offseason, training camp, and preseason.  Some players are far more likely to be on the regular-season roster than others.  The players expected to be on the roster would get benefits based on their full-season earnings.  The players not expected to be on the roster would get benefits based only on their pay at the time the injury occurs.

Until a compromise can be reached, the prevailing law generated by the court system will continue to apply.  In Louisiana, the prevailing law is that all players will get the reduced benefits.

It’s hard not to wonder whether the NFL nudged this issue off the table, persuading the Saints to realize that the bill isn’t necessary if the precedent generated by the court system currently favors the team’s position.  Given the extent to which the NFLPA had mobilized to defeat the bill, the league may have concluded that the better outcome would be to yield the effort to transform the current law as determined by the courts into a law passed by the legislature and signed by the governor.

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8 Responses to “Sponsor pulls controversial Louisiana workers’ compensation bill”
  1. aceakking says: May 27, 2014 4:39 PM

    The bill disappeared much like how how the bounty program disappeared, and the Saints players and fans are disappointed all the same.

  2. qdog112 says: May 27, 2014 5:25 PM

    Good news for workers in the state of Louisiana.

  3. Straight Cash Homie says: May 27, 2014 5:25 PM

    The bill disappeared much like how how the bounty program disappeared, and the Saints players and fans are disappointed all the same.

    Very original. Want a cookie?

  4. oldcracker says: May 27, 2014 5:39 PM

    How come the elected officials never cut their pay or benefits….even in the worst of times?

  5. mrlaloosh says: May 27, 2014 6:02 PM

    Benson can’t catch a break!

  6. thelastpieceofcheese says: May 27, 2014 6:05 PM

    It takes a lot of Chutzpah for these rich players to demand the Louisiana taxpayers fund their ostentatious lifestyle.

  7. fringetastic says: May 27, 2014 7:19 PM

    I wonder how long it will take for a player-friendly bill to get entered? Now that the issue has been raised and the NFLPA got ramped over it, it seems they would march forward.

  8. saintdatazz says: May 27, 2014 10:15 PM

    @aceakking: he’ll yea I miss the bounty program. I believe every teams real fans do. It made the game more exciting. Now we watch everyone get flagged for just waving a hand in front of the qb’s

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