(a) The commission shall conduct a continuing examination of the workers' compensation
system, as defined in Section 4 of Article XIV of the California Constitution, and of the state's activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational diseases. The commission may conduct or contract for studies it deems necessary to carry out
its responsibilities. In carrying out its duties, the commission shall examine other states' workers'
compensation programs and activities to prevent industrial injuries and occupational
diseases. All state departments and agencies, and any rating organization licensed by the
Insurance Commissioner pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Section 11750) of Chapter 3 of Part 3 of Division 2 of the Insurance Code, shall cooperate with the commission and upon reasonable request provide information
and data in their possession that the commission deems necessary for the purpose of
carrying out its responsibilities. The commission shall issue an annual report on the state of the workers' compensation
system, including recommendations for administrative or legislative modifications
which would improve the operation of the system. The report shall be made available to the Governor, the Legislature, and the public
(b) On or before July 1, 2003, and periodically thereafter as it deems necessary,
the commission shall issue a report and recommendations on the improvement and simplification
of the notices required to be provided by insurers and self-insured employers.
(c) The commission succeeds to, and is vested with, all of the powers, duties, purposes,
responsibilities, and jurisdiction of the Health and Safety Commission which is hereby
abolished, including the administration of grants to assist in establishing effective
occupational injury and illness prevention programs.
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