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Iowa House passes adapted workers' compensation overhaul

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Republicans in the Iowa House have passed a bill that would overhaul how workers are compensated for on-the-job injuries, though they backed off on some key proposals.

The GOP-majority chamber voted 55-38 Thursday to revamp standards for hurt workers in Iowa, including reducing benefits for shoulder injuries and decreasing coverage for injuries tied to a pre-existing condition. The legislation will now be considered by the Senate.

Republicans scrapped some initial provisions, like a plan that would have changed the definition of a substantial workplace injury and a measure that would have ended permanent total disability benefits at 67.

Rep. Gary Carlson, a Muscatine Republican, says the changes came after concerns within the party over the legislation's consequences.

Democrats say despite the changes, the bill still unfairly penalizes injured workers.

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