1. The department of commerce and insurance may elect, under the provisions of section 287.030, to come under the provisions of chapter 287, governing workers' compensation, and
that law is extended to include all employees of the department of commerce and insurance
under any contract of hire, express or implied, oral or written, or under any appointment
or election. The state of Missouri may be a self-insurer and assume all liability imposed by
chapter 287, in respect to the department of commerce and insurance employees, without
insurance. The attorney general shall appear on behalf of and defend the state in all actions,
when the state is a self-insurer, brought by employees of the department of commerce
and insurance referred to herein under the provisions of the workers' compensation
2. The workers' compensation coverage may be provided by the purchase of insurance
or by the deposit in the commissioner of administration's office of a fund from which
workers' compensation benefits to employees shall be paid. Purchase of the insurance or the deposit of a fund shall be made from general appropriations.
3. The department of commerce and insurance shall adopt rules classifying the employees
mentioned herein who may be eligible for compensation under this section, and its
classification shall be decisive as to whether or not an employee falls within the
definition of an employee eligible for workers' compensation coverage under this section.
4. The director of the department of commerce and insurance is authorized to perform
such duties as may be necessary to carry out effectively the purposes of this section.
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