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H0533......................................................by STATE AFFAIRS INDUSTRIAL SPECIAL INDEMNITY FUND - Amends existing law to extend the statutory requirements for filing a notice of claim against the Industrial Special Indemnity Fund until June 30, 2008. 01/22 House intro - 1st rdg - to printing 01/23 Rpt prt - to St Aff 01/29 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 01/30 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 02/02 3rd rdg - PASSED - 68-0-2 AYES -- Andersen, Barraclough, Barrett, Bauer, Bayer, Bell, Black, Block, Boe, Bolz, Bradford, Campbell, Cannon, Clark, Collins, Crow, Cuddy, Deal, Denney, Douglas, Eberle, Edmunson, Ellsworth, Eskridge, Field(18), Field(23), Gagner, Garrett, Harwood, Henbest, Jaquet, Jones, Kellogg, Kulczyk, Lake, Langford, Langhorst, Martinez, McGeachin, McKague, Meyer, Miller, Mitchell, Moyle, Naccarato, Nielsen, Pasley-Stuart, Raybould, Ridinger, Ring, Ringo, Roberts, Robison, Rydalch, Sali, Sayler, Shepherd, Shirley, Skippen, Smith(30), Smith(24), Smylie, Snodgrass, Stevenson, Trail, Wills, Wood, Mr. Speaker NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Bedke, Schaefer Floor Sponsor - Clark Title apvd - to Senate 02/03 Senate intro - 1st rdg - to Com/HuRes 02/18 Rpt out - rec d/p - to 2nd rdg 02/19 2nd rdg - to 3rd rdg 03/10 3rd rdg - PASSED - 34-0-1 AYES -- Andreason(Andreason), Bailey, Bunderson, Burkett, Burtenshaw, Calabretta, Cameron, Compton, Darrington, Davis, Gannon, Geddes, Goedde, Hill, Ingram, Kennedy, Keough, Little, Lodge, Malepeai, Marley, McKenzie, McWilliams, Noble, Noh, Pearce, Richardson, Schroeder, Sorensen, Stegner, Stennett, Sweet, Werk, Williams NAYS -- None Absent and excused -- Brandt Floor Sponsor - Goedde Title apvd - to House 03/11 To enrol 03/12 Rpt enrol - Sp signed 03/15 Pres signed 03/16 To Governor 03/19 Governor signed Session Law Chapter 100 Effective: 03/19/04; extends 72-334 IC to 06/30/08
]]]] LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO ]]]] Fifty-seventh Legislature Second Regular Session - 2004 IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES HOUSE BILL NO. 533 BY STATE AFFAIRS COMMITTEE 1 AN ACT 2 RELATING TO THE INDUSTRIAL SPECIAL INDEMNITY FUND; AMENDING SECTION 2, CHAPTER 3 303, LAWS OF 1997, AS AMENDED BY SECTION 1, CHAPTER 197, LAWS OF 1999, TO 4 CONTINUE SECTION 72-334, IDAHO CODE, IN EFFECT UNTIL JUNE 30, 2008; AND 5 DECLARING AN EMERGENCY. 6 Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Idaho: 7 SECTION 1. That Section 2, Chapter 303, Laws of 1997, as amended by Sec- 8 tion 1, Chapter 197, Laws of 1999, be, and the same is hereby amended to read 9 as follows: 10 SECTION 2. Section 1 of this act shall be in full force and effect on and 11 after July 1, 1997, and shall be null, void, and of no force and effect on and 12 after June 30, 200 48. 13 SECTION 2. An emergency existing therefor, which emergency is hereby 14 declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its 15 passage and approval.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE RS 13444 Idaho Code Section 72-334, which became effective July 1, 1997, mandates that before filing a complaint for benefits from the Industrial Special Indemnity Fund (Fund), a claimant, employer/surety, or self-insured employer must provide materials to the Fund manager for evaluation of the merits of the claim. The 60-day evaluation and determination process mandated by the statute allows for and has resulted in the resolution of many claims by means of an approval or settlement and has helped avoid the need for claimants, employers/sureties or self-insured employers having to file a complaint against the Fund with the Industrial Commission. Prior to the adoption of Idaho Code Section 72-334, the Fund reported significantly higher litigation costs. For fiscal year 1996, the Fund reported nearly $800,000 in litigation costs. Each year since the enactment of Idaho Code Section 72-334, litigation costs have substantially decreased. Litigation costs for fiscal year 2002 total $318,000. The decrease in litigation expenses is believed directly related to the evaluation and determination process mandated by Idaho Code Section 72-334. When initially enacted, the legislation provided for a sunset date for Idaho Code Section 72-334 of June 30, 1999. In the 1999 legislative session, the sunset clause was extended to June 30, 2004. This legislation would extend the sunset clause to June 30, 2008. FISCAL IMPACT None. The Fund is fully funded by monies received from self- insured employers and insurance companies that underwrite worker's compensation lines of insurance. CONTACT Name: Joanna L. Guilfoy, DAG Agency: Department of Administration Phone: 332-1832 Statement of Purpose/Fiscal Impact H 533