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Oklahoma workers' compensation bill makes it past Senate committee

An Oklahoman Senate Judiciary Committee approved workers' compensation reforms 8-2, despite objections from Democratic members that they were not given time to read the 260-page bill. The bill now heads to the full Senate as early as next week.
BY ZEKE CAMPFIELD Modified: February 19, 2013 at 8:51 pm •  Published: February 19, 2013

A bill that would overhaul Oklahoma's workers' compensation court and replace it with an administrative system passed its first legislative hurdle on Tuesday.

The “Administrative Workers' Compensation Act” was approved 8-2 by the Senate Judiciary Committee and will now head to the full Senate for a vote as early as next week.

Supporters lauded the 260-page bill as an important reform that will reduce premium costs for Oklahoma employers and reduce waste and fraud. But critics said they haven't had a chance to even read it.

“If you want a bill that's actually going to work instead of something shoved down your throat then, yeah, you need to release it and have discussions on it,” said Sen. Tom Ivester. “There's no reason to do workers' comp reform unless it's going to lower premiums and there's nothing in this bill about lowering premiums.”

Sen. Anthony Sykes, chairman of the judiciary committee and a co-author of the bill, said workers' compensation reform was “the subject of many studies” during the legislative interim and that the new proposition would model Oklahoma's workers' compensation system after the one in Arkansas.

Beginning Jan. 1, 2014, workers' compensation claims would be heard and decided by administrative law judges who are appointed by a group of three commissioners. Those commissioners would in turn be appointed by the Governor, subject to Senate approval.

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