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Governor Signs Bill to Increase Burial Benefit

Monday, May 15, 2017 | 504 | 0 | 0 min read

Gov. Henry McMaster has signed a bill to increase the amount of burial expenses payable under workers' compensation, to $12,000 from $2,500. The General Assembly ratified House Bill 7829 on Tuesday. The governor signed it two days later.  The bill, by Rep. Sylleste Davis, R-Berkeley, originally increased the benefit to $7,500, but a Senate Judiciary Committee amendment increased the amount to $12,000. The House approved the amendment May 4 with an 82-16 vote. The bill took effect upon McMaster's signature, which marks the first time the burial benefit statute has been...

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