Work-Comp board to consider withdrawing lawsuit opposing $30M transfer

Less than two weeks after filing suit to block a $30 million transfer of its funds to help balance the state budget, the state workers’ compensation fund board may vote to withdraw the lawsuit.

The Montana State Fund’s board of directors has scheduled an emergency meeting this Wednesday, to consider whether it should withdraw the suit filed Nov. 17 in state District Court.

The seven-member board that oversees the quasi-governmental insurance fund also now includes two new members appointed Nov. 17 by Gov. Steve Bullock – who proposed the $30 million transfer and last Friday signed into law the bill authorizing it.

Rep. Greg Hertz, R-Polson – an opponent of the transfer – told MTN News Monday that the governor’s office has been pushing the State Fund board to reverse course on the lawsuit.