CALIF. VOTERS REVIVE
STATE'S OSHA PROGRAMVoters told Gov. George Deukmejian they want California to have its own safety program for 9.5 million private- sector workers, despite the governor's insistence the federal program is good enough.
Voters last Tuesday approved Proposition 97, a labor-backed initiative to require the reinstatement of Cal-OSHA, the program of state inspections of private workplaces that the Republican governor nearly single-handedly dismantled in 1987.
Gov. Deukmejian in 1987 proposed saving state funds by terminating Cal- OSHA and letting the federal OSHA take over. He received no support and much opposition from labor groups and businesses that said their workers compensation and liability insurance premiums would rise if accidents and deaths increased.
The Legislature restored the program in the 1987-88 budget, but Gov. Deukmejian vetoed the funds. The program officially ended for the private sector on July 1, 1987.
MASS. MOTORISTS TO PAY
RETROACTIVE RATE HIKES
BOSTON - Massachusetts motorists are stuck with retroactive 1987 and 1988 auto insurance hikes after the state's highest court upheld state Insurance Commissioner Roger M. Singer's decision.
The state Supreme Judicial Court said it would rely on Mr. Singer's expert appraisal in upholding his court-ordered decision earlier this year to
allow insurance companies to charge drivers for past years' rate deficiencies.
Consumers' unhappiness from those late-coming rate hikes - totaling 16 percent - was a major factor in the state Legislature's election-year passage of auto insurance reforms last week.
State Atty. Gen. James Shannon had challenged Mr. Singer's decision on technical grounds. Mr. Shannon's spokeswoman said no further challenge would be made and that the reforms should ease drivers' insurance burdens.