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Calif. Senate passes lifeguard skin cancer presumption, insurance fraud bill

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The California Senate on Tuesday unanimously passed a bill that would expand the presumption that skin cancer is work-related for peace officers with the state departments of Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Recreation.

A.B. 334, which was sent to the governor, is a carry-over bill from 2021 that would create a presumption that skin cancer is compensable for peace officers with the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Parks and Recreation.

A skin cancer presumption already exists for lifeguards employed by the Department of Parks and Recreation or a local government.

The California Fish and Game Wardens Supervisors and Managers Association said in written testimony supporting the bill that the presumption “would remove unnecessary barriers and reduce the state’s workload associated with initiating and completing investigations on submitted claims.”

The Senate on Wednesday also passed A.B. 1681, which would allow district attorneys to convene meetings with the insurance commissioner, insurance companies and self-insured employers to discuss potential fraud, with conditional immunity for libel and slander.

That bill will return to the Assembly for concurrence in amendments made to the measure in June.

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