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January 1991, Vol. 114, No. 1
LaVerne C. Tinsley
G eneral legislative sessions were held in 44 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia during the 1990. Although the Texas legislature was not scheduled for a general assembly in 1990, it conducted a special session and generated a piece of legislation which made significant changes such that is has become one of the most talked about enactments in State workers' compensation this year. Major reforms occurred in a few other State workers' compensation systems as expected , and in some instances, reforms will continue for several more years.
Maximum weekly compensation rates were increased in every State, except for two. One State raised the percentage of the State average weekly wage upon which benefits are based for total disability and death, from 75 percent to 100 percent, and provided for other benefit increases through 1992. Another law changed maximum and minimum weekly benefits from a statutory amount to a percentage of the State average weekly wage.
In Arizona, the additional monthly allowance payable to dependents for temporary total disability was raised from $10 to $25.
Several jurisdictions established coverage for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and related complexes as an occupational disease. Injuries diagnosed as carpel tunnel syndrome are now covered in Louisiana.
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