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NJ Legislation Proposed
New Law Makes Volunteers Eligible for Worker’s Comp

Legislation sponsored by Assemblymen Richard H. Bagger and Alan M. Augustine that would provide workers’ compensation for persons who do volunteer work for the Division of Parks and Forestry, the Division of Fish, Game and Wildlife, the New Jersey Natural Trust or the New Jersey Historic Trust, was signed into law by Governor Christine Todd Whitman on August 14.

Assembly Bill 1994, extends coverage to any person who is injured while performing volunteer work for these divisions or agencies.

Assemblymen Bagger and Augustine represent the 22nd Legislative District, which includes Fanwood, Scotch Plains, Westfield and Mountainside.

"Volunteers are an integral and important part of our community," said Assemblyman Bagger.

"This legislation would encourage and attract more volunteers in the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and help improve the services provided by these government agencies."

Assemblyman Bagger said that providing volunteers with workers’ compensation benefits, which were previously unavailable to them, is a win-win situation. Volunteers would be protected from any injuries or disease contracted on the job.

Volunteers who work with these state agencies do not operate dangerous machinery or complex equipment. A majority of volunteers assist in maintaining gardens, providing programs or "staffing" historic sites or nature centers.

The measure, which was merged with identical Senate legislation, was signed into law and is now Chapter 199 of the Public Laws of 1997.

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