From the Office of State Senator Troy Fraser

For Immediate Release
January 18, 2000
Contact: Bill Scott - (512) 463-0124

Senator Fraser Named Chairman of Workers' Compensation Research and Oversight Council

AUSTIN -- State Senator Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay) has been appointed chairman of the Research and Oversight Council (ROC) on Workers' Compensation by Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry.

The oversight council's mission is to support the development of an effective and efficient workers' compensation system in Texas. It conducts professional studies and research, monitors the effectiveness of the system and makes legislative recommendations.

"I'm looking forward to examining the problem areas, and to the challenge of finding solutions to further improve the system," Fraser said. "Overall, I think the reforms put in place 10 years ago are working, but there's room for improvement. My job as chairman will be to work with members of the council to continue the positive aspects and to help make adjustments in the areas that need it."

Fraser, who as a freshman House member in 1989 co-sponsored the first major reforms to the Texas workers' compensation system, is expected to officially take the reigns as chairman after the oversight council's Feb. 1 meeting in Austin. Fraser's term as chairman will expire in February 2002.

"Workers' compensation is an issue that I've been interested in for several years," Fraser said. "I was heavily involved in the passage of the 1989 reform bill, and have lived and worked under those reforms since then so I have a good perspective on the issue."

The nine-member board comprises six legislators, including Senators Ken Armbrister (D Victoria) and David Sibley (R-Waco), House members Kim Brimer, (R-Arlington), David Counts, (D-Knox City), and Scott Hochberg, (D-Houston), and three state agency representatives.