House to look closely at bill that would overhaul workers comp
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT
Sunday, March 03, 2013
3/03/13 at 5:03 AM
OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill that would overhaul Oklahoma's workers compensation court and replace it with an administrative system that sped through the Senate will be slowed down in the House of Representatives for a closer look, House Speaker T.W. Shannon says.
Shannon, R-Lawton, said he generally supports the measure, but the House will take its time with Senate Bill 1062 and look especially at how the bill would reduce compensation benefits available to injured workers.
"Our main concern is that injured workers are not penalized and that the company that provides the benefits is able to do so in an affordable manner and that it doesn't become a hindrance to doing business in Oklahoma," Shannon said. "I haven't seen the Senate bill to know exactly, but I think I like a lot of what I've heard about it. What I like about it the most is that it goes to an administrative system."
SB 1062, a 260-page bill, was unveiled nearly two weeks ago by Senate leaders. A Senate committee passed it 8-2, and last week the Senate passed it 34-12.
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