Reactions to having the state control workplace safety regulations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – The idea of having the state take over enforcement of workplace safety rules is getting some support in the Kansas House, despite hesitation in the state Senate.

Republicans on the Senate Commerce Committee pulled back from the idea after they were told such this week that it couldn’t be used to reduce the number of regulations.

But the idea may still be alive in the House, largely because the state’s business community strongly supports it.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports (http://bit.ly/1GBSHX3 ) the Kansas Department of Labor has studied the idea of the state taking over workplace safety enforcement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Both House and Senate commerce committees heard a report this week about the proposal.

The federal government provides funding for states who take over the responsibility.

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