SPRINGFIELD - During the closing arguments on the House floor debate on workers' comp reform House Minority Leader Tom Cross (R-Plainfield) clearly outlined the House Republican Caucus' rejection of HB 1698's workers' comp reform, saying "This doesn't look like reform, it doesn't smell like reform, and that's because it isn't real reform."
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HB 1698's Democratic House sponsor Rep. John Bradley (D-Marion) responded emotionally to Cross with the following arguments before calling for the vote:
Click to listen: 2011workerscompbradleyThe final vote was 62 for, 43 against and 10 present. 60 votes were needed for HB 1698's passage.