Opponents of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law are asking the state Supreme Court to find it unconstitutional.
Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments Tuesday in a lawsuit that alleges the law violates the state Constitution and should be struck down.
Two state lawmakers and a firefighter's organization filed the lawsuit in September. The lawsuit says provisions of the new law would deny treatment and compensation to injured workers under certain circumstances.
A batch of internal documents recently leaked to The Guardian has revealed new insights into the goals and finances of the secretive group called ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council is a group that brings together state legislators and representatives of corporations. Together, they develop model bills that lawmakers introduce and try to pass in their state legislatures.
While Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders waited for the completion of an independent study on state employee pay, House Speaker T.W. Shannon approved more than a quarter of a million dollars in annual pay increases for his staff.
Figures released by House officials on Monday show about half of the 117 full-time House employees received raises totaling more than $280,000. The pay hikes for 52 House employees ranged from about 2 percent for a housekeeper to more than 30 percent for three staff attorneys.
Legislative leaders in Oklahoma are seeking to ease public concern over a plan by a group of Satanists to erect a monument at the state Capitol.
Both House Speaker T.W. Shannon and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman suggested Monday that such a plan was far from a reality. Members of the committee that would need to approve the monument sounded skeptical.