The Virginia Senate approved a bill Tuesday Feb 28th under which shipyard workers and longshoremen who suffer serious injuries on the job will no longer be covered through Virginia's workers' compensation program.
HB153, had already passed the House, 70-26, and now goes to the desk of Gov. Bob McDonnell.
The bill would take shipyard workers and other longshoreman out of Virginia's workers' comp program for any injuries suffered July 1 2012, or later. They would depend solely on the Longshore Act.
Not surprisingly the International Longshoremen's Association opposes the legislation.