Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Rep. Norwood Introduces OSHA Reform Bills

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

Rep. Norwood Introduces OSHA Reform Bills

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The four employer-friendly OSHA reform bills introduced by Rep. Charlie Norwood, R-Ga., last month are no different from the ones that died in the Senate last year, but because of changes in the Senate the legislation may stand a better chance this year.

The House approved the bills last year but they went nowhere in the Senate, as the chairman of the Senate Employment and Workplace Safety Subcommittee, Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., did not consider them.

Democrats strongly opposed all four bills last year and could block passage in the Senate by resorting to a filibuster.

"This year we have a brand new Senate Workplace Safety chairman who'll know what to do when he gets them," said Norwood, the chairman of the House Workforce Protections Subcommittee, in a Feb. 10 written statement that coincided with the reintroduction of the bills.

Norwood was referring to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., the new chair of the Senate subcommittee with jurisdiction over OSHA reform. Isakson, a former congressman, served on Norwood's OSHA oversight committee last year where he supported the OSHA reform legislation.

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"I look forward to these bills coming to the Senate, where our subcommittee will take quick action," promised Isakson. …

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