“The important thing is that itâ€™s a turning point,” said Steven Frates, senior fellow at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government at Claremont McKenna College. “The magnitude and scope has yet to be determined.”
Mr. Frates cited several keys to maintaining the momentum of reform. Gov. Schwarzenegger needs to appoint reform-minded officials to the state boards and commissions that interpret workersâ€™ comp laws. Also, Mr. Frates said, weâ€™ll have to watch to see if the people who â€œscam the systemâ€ figure out new ways to do so, or are â€œresignedâ€ to the reforms and donâ€™t scam as much.
And most important is what Mr. Frates called â€œthe shootout over redistricting,â€ which, if done properly, could bring more moderate Democrats who back workersâ€™ comp reform to the Legislature.