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House Gives 1st Round Approval to Workers Comp Law Rewrite

Workers compensation laws are likely headed for a rewrite in Kansas. The House has given first-round approval to a bill increasing certain protections for both employers and employees. The measure was crafted by an unlikely alliance between business and labor groups. But a group of Democrats - including Representative Mike Slattery of Mission - says the bill has been marred by changes that were made in a legislative committee.

Slattery says that changes will no longer require companies to pay for translators for workers who don't speak English, but need to see a physician. Slattery also claims that other modifications in the bill would make it easier for companies to employ illegal immigrants.

Stephen Koranda is KPR's Statehouse reporter.