Sacramento— Assembly Bill 1309, authored by Assemblymember Henry Perea (D- Fresno) and co-authored by Assemblyman Curt Hagman (R- Chino Hills) including several legislators, passed the assembly floor with a 61-4 vote.
“This bill confronts the abuses of out-of-state professional athletes who are placing significant strain on our workers compensation system,” said Assemblyman Hagman. “AB 1309 will alleviate claims from former athletes with no substantial connections to California, yet are able to exploit technical loopholes in the law to establish jurisdiction based on the slightest of contacts with the state,” Hagman added.
Assembly Bill 1309 will help reduce workers’ compensation costs by closing the loophole currently allowing out-of-state professional athletes to take advantage of California’s generous workers’ compensation system. In many cases, these former athletes have already received benefits from their home state workers’ compensation system, thus enabling them to double dip, driving up costs to the system at the expense of California employers and employees.