workers' comp http://kgou.org en Oklahoma Court Upholds CompSource Mutualization http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-court-upholds-compsource-mutualization <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15.454545021057129px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Supreme Court has upheld a plan to convert the state workers' compensation insurance agency into a mutual company.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 17:57:00 +0000 Associated Press 24938 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Court Upholds CompSource Mutualization Oklahoma Supreme Court Hears Workers' Comp. Challenge http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-supreme-court-hears-workers-comp-challenge <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Opponents of&nbsp;</span><font color="red" style="font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Oklahoma's</font><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;new workers' compensation law are asking the state Supreme Court to find it unconstitutional.</span></p> Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:24:00 +0000 Associated Press 18875 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Supreme Court Hears Workers' Comp. Challenge Fallin Signs Sweeping Workers' Compensation Bill http://kgou.org/post/fallin-signs-sweeping-workers-compensation-bill <p><a href="http://www.ok.gov/governor/">Gov. Mary Fallin</a>&nbsp;signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of the way Oklahoma treats workers hurt on the job. <a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=sb1062&amp;Session=1300">Senate Bill 1062</a> changes the state’s court-based workers’ compensation system to an administrative plan.</p><p>Supporters of the bill, including its authors, <a href="http://www.oksenate.gov/Senators/biographies/bingman_bio.aspx">Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman</a> and <a href="http://www.okhouse.gov/District.aspx?District=62">House Speaker T.W. Shannon</a>, say it will reduce costs for businesses.</p><p>But detractors, including many Democrats, say the new law saves money at the expense of injured workers and does nothing to reduce medical costs associated with workers’ compensation claims.</p><p> Mon, 06 May 2013 21:08:33 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 5319 at http://kgou.org Fallin Signs Sweeping Workers' Compensation Bill Senate Sends Workers' Comp Overhaul to Fallin http://kgou.org/post/senate-sends-workers-comp-overhaul-fallin <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 11px; line-height: 15px;">The&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;Senate has approved a Republican-backed plan to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system, sending the proposal to Gov. Mary Fallin for her likely signature.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 16:59:45 +0000 Kurt Gwartney & Associated Press 4902 at http://kgou.org Senate Sends Workers' Comp Overhaul to Fallin Okla. GOP Leaders Agree on Tax Cuts for 2015 http://kgou.org/post/okla-gop-leaders-agree-tax-cuts-2015 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Republican leaders at the State Capitol gathered in the Blue Room Tuesday to announce what they’re calling major agreements on several key proposals before lawmakers this session.</span></p><p>Gov. Mary Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) and House Speaker T.W. Shannon (R-Lawton) each took turns describing the plan to cut state income taxes, change the workers’ compensation system and repair the State Capitol.</p><p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:18:55 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 4499 at http://kgou.org Okla. GOP Leaders Agree on Tax Cuts for 2015 Workers' Comp Bill Described as "Trojan Horse," "Lipstick on a Pig" http://kgou.org/post/workers-comp-bill-described-trojan-horse-lipstick-pig <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Judiciary Committee this week approved <a href="http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=SB1062" target="_blank">workers' compensation legislation</a> by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), but didn’t get in any hurry about it.</span></p><p class="News"><o:p></o:p></p><p class="News">The novel-length bill that would move the decision on how to compensate injured workers from a court-based system to an administrative one is another step closer to being law. The hearing on the bill was delayed by two weeks while the House made changes to fix some problems in the plan.<o:p></o:p></p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 12:17:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 3752 at http://kgou.org Workers' Comp Bill Described as "Trojan Horse," "Lipstick on a Pig" Gov. Fallin Shares Workers' Compensation Changes with OKC Chamber http://kgou.org/post/gov-fallin-shares-workers-compensation-changes-okc-chamber <div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Mary&nbsp;</span>Fallin<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;told members of the Oklahoma City Chamber she supports many of the changes contained in workers' compensation law making its way through the legislature.</span></p></div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">"</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 16px; line-height: 1.5;">Oklahoma's ranked among the top states in the nation on workers' compensation premium costs," Fallin said. "I've told our legislators, and our Pro Tem, and our Speaker, 'If you get a bill to my desk that does those things, I am very supportive of moving toward an administrative system.'"</span></p><p>Fallin's&nbsp;comments on Feb. 21 were the first to endorse the plan outlined in a bill by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian&nbsp;Bingman&nbsp;of&nbsp;Sapulpa.</p><p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 16:33:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 1644 at http://kgou.org Gov. Fallin Shares Workers' Compensation Changes with OKC Chamber