Senate Democrat Leader Michael Sanchez Stalled Legislation Reducing Workers’ Compensation Benefits When An Employee Is Drunk Or High On The Job
Albuquerque, NM – Legislation that would have reduced workers’ compensation in situations where the employee’s death or injury resulted from being drunk or high on the job was killed in the New Mexico State Senate during this past legislative session. The legislation (HB 238), was sponsored by Representative Dennis Roch and had bipartisan support in the State House and Senate.
“Senator Michael Sanchez denied yet another sensible idea to support small businesses and help employers,” said Pat Garrett, spokesman for the Republican Party of New Mexico. “This bill would have protected local small business and their employees from unnecessary harm and burdensome costs.”
Under current law, when alcohol or drugs contributes to an injury or death on the job, the employee is eligible to receive 90 percent of his or her worker’s compensation. HB 238 would have reduced that amount.
As with many bills that died in the Senate, an overwhelming majority of New Mexicans supported this worker’s compensation reform. In September 2014, an Albuquerque Journal poll found that 67 percent of New Mexicans support reducing workers compensation when drugs or alcohol result in an injury or death on the job— including 63% of Democrats.
“This is just another example of Senator Michael Sanchez playing political games and preventing widely supported measures from becoming law, which only hurts New Mexico,” Garrett concluded.