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Kansas lawmakers introduced three bills Wednesday that would extend coverage to workers who acquire coronavirus on the job.
S.B. 1, introduced by Democratic Sen. Anthony Hensley; H.B. 2007, introduced by Democratic Rep. Jim Ward; and H.B. 2018, introduced by Democratic Rep. Tom Sawyer, all would provide a rebuttable presumption for workers whose coronavirus arose out of and in the course of employment and when the employment was determined to be the prevailing factor in their exposure to COVID-19. The legislation in all three bills would apply to workers whose job requires contact with or work in close proximity to or in the same space as the public or co-workers, and would be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2020, and expire May 1, 2021.
The Senate bill has been referred to the commerce committee. The House bills have not yet been assigned to committee.
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