Resurrected bill expands Conn. workers' comp law

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Some Connecticut lawmakers are resurrecting a proposal to expand the state's workers' compensation law to cover employees who've suffered an emotional or mental impairment after witnessing a traumatic death or maiming while on the job.

Similar legislation was proposed last year in response to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. Lawmakers instead created a special, private charitable fund to help cover unreimbursed mental health-related costs of the workers affected by the shooting.

But during a hearing on Tuesday, Sprague Sen. Cathy Osten said the fund has raised less than $400,000 as of Jan. 31, which she contends falls short of what is needed.

The Connecticut Conference of Municipalities urged the legislature to reject the bill, saying it would significantly impose new costs on cities and towns.

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