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Wed September 18, 2013

Challenge To New State Workers' Compensation Law

Two Oklahoma lawmakers and a firefighters' organization are challenging the constitutionality of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law.

Credit Professional Fire Fighters of Oklahoma

The lawsuit was filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court Tuesday by Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole, Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.

Legislation to overhaul the state's worker's compensation system was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May. It was a top priority for Republican leaders who say the state's current system is a detriment to business and industry in the state.

Among other things, the law changes Oklahoma's court-based system to an administrative one. Supporters say the change will dramatically reduce workers' compensation costs to businesses. Opponents say cost savings will come at the expense of injured workers.

A hearing is set for Oct. 16.