Legislation that would create a drug formulary for workers compensation did not receive the necessary votes to pass in the State House on Tuesday, Feb. 6. The vote on SB 936 was 98-98 – three votes short of the 101 needed to pass. Normally, 102 votes are needed but two seats are currently vacant, and three members who had expressed support for the legislation were on leave. A reconsideration motion was filed which may provide an opportunity for another vote later in the session.
The goal of the bill is to curb overprescribing and abuse of opioids. The Chamber joined with dozens of other chambers from across Pennsylvania in supporting the legislation, which passed in the Senate in October. Thanks to Senator Gordner as well as Representatives Masser and Millard for supporting the bill.