When Utah’s workers’ compensation reform accidentally sparks the apocalypse

When Utah’s workers’ compensation reform accidentally sparks the apocalypse

A workers’ compensation bill in Utah has generated the rather unexpected controversy. HB 16, which gutted the Utah House and now appears to be passing through the Senate, is intended to allow Utah firefighters to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured in the fight against fires in other states. Opponents of the measure, however, believe that it authorizes the government to declare martial law, create internment camps and impose Covid 19 vaccinations on unwashed adults.

I hate when that happens.

Of course, we can see where these actions could be easily misinterpreted. We have often written about the unintended consequences of poorly designed legislation. Workers’ compensation reform often results in the overthrow of democratic republics and the advent of the apocalypse.

The panic is apparently the result of specific language in the bill, which refers to “emergency response teams” that would be authorized to conduct urban searches in coordination with out-of-state agencies like the Department of Homeland Security. More specifically, in its current form, the bill states:

As used in this part: “Emergency Response Team” means a group of emergency responders under the direction, control, and funding of the Division, pursuant to an agreement between the Division and a sponsoring agency and the provisions of this Part, to assist in urban search and rescue, in response to or in preparation for a disaster, emergency or special security event.

Lawmakers have been inundated with emails and phone calls urging them to vote against this bill that will enable the enslavement of all unsuspecting Utah residents.

The furor was apparently fueled by a libertarian group in the state known for making outlandish accusations. They convinced people that the bill will give “local health departments, school boards, or any number of entities” access to “militarized emergency response teams that will then be used to muster unvaccinated Utahns and put them in camps to be forcibly vaccinated against COVID-19 Others suggested residents could be arrested for speaking out against critical race theory vaccination passports or questioning the integrity of the elections[FEMININE”D’autresontsuggéréquelesrésidentspourraientêtrearrêtéspouravoirdénoncélathéoriecritiquedelaracelespasseportsdevaccinationouremisenquestionl’intégritédesélections

They must think it’s Loudon County, Virginia.

Libertarian idiots.

Far be it from me (as a silly libertarian) to sound like a rational middleman, but I would point out that this bill simply defines what an “emergency response team” is so people can qualify for workers compensation benefits. It doesn’t actually establish any “emergency response teams” for the purpose of fighting fires, persecuting citizens, or enslaving millions of people (as the case may be).

However, if the state were to follow and pass legislation facilitating the development of paramilitary teams for the purpose of enslaving the population for any perceived and declared “emergency”, it appears that those employed in the suppression effort would now be covered. by workers. ‘ compensation if they are injured in the process of violating the rights of others.

If HB 16 passes, that is. And that should count for something, I guess.

And we would be remiss if we did not point out that this bill, unlike so many other new first responder injury laws passed in recent years, would in fact require a work-related injury for benefits to be granted. . It’s quite refreshing.

As stated earlier, we are no strangers to the law of unintended consequences when it comes to workers’ compensation legislative reforms. It wouldn’t be the first time lawmakers have “fixed” an element of workers’ compensation only to inadvertently bring down civilization as we know it. It happens in California with frightening regularity.

But in Utah, my money is they may have to wait a little longer before their well-meaning lawmakers accidentally trigger the zombie apocalypse.


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