Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - House Bill 30, which aims to provide greater assistance to the families of Alaska's workers permanently injured or killed on the job, passed the House this week in a vote of 29-10.
HB 30 modernizes compensation levels that have been stagnant for over 20 years and lengthens payment of benefits for children orphaned by a worksite accident.
The bill adjusts the base amount used to calculate Permanent Partial Impairment, moving it from $177,000 to $273,000, which brings Alaska up to the national average.
The bill also increases compensation for death benefits and funeral expenses to account for inflation.
Additionally, HB 30 extends benefits for orphans from the age of 19 to the age of 23.
"A severe injury or death on the worksite is, of course, one of the most traumatic events that can happen to a family," said Rep. Andy Josephson, who authored the legislation. "Across the board, we can do more to ensure families who experience this life-altering event are able to get back on their feet. HB 30 takes steps towards making them whole."
The bill now heads to the state senate.