The Oklahoma Supreme Court has upheld a plan to convert the state workers' compensation insurance agency into a mutual company.
The state's highest court handed down a decision Tuesday that affirms legislation adopted last year to convert CompSource Oklahoma into the CompSource Mutual Insurance Co. The new company would be organized under state law, but independent of the state. The change goes into effect on Jan. 1.
Oklahoma workers who are injured on the job soon will have their legal claims handled through a new administrative system instead of the current court-based system.
The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission will begin handling claims for any employee injured on the job after Friday. Workers with injury dates before Feb. 1 will be handled in the court system that is being renamed the Court of Existing Claims.
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.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law.
The high court on Monday scheduled arguments for 9 a.m. Dec. 10 in the lawsuit filed by state Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole, Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.
Legislation to overhaul the workers' compensation system was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May. It was a top priority for Republicans who say the previous system was a detriment to business and industry.
An attorney for two state lawmakers and a firefighter's organization says Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.
Attorney John McMurry told a state Supreme Court referee Thursday that the law unconstitutionally delegates legislative powers and amounts to unconstitutional logrolling, or combining multiple subjects into one bill.
Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick and attorneys for business groups defended the law and say it should be given a chance to work.
Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of the way Oklahoma treats workers hurt on the job. Senate Bill 1062 changes the state’s court-based workers’ compensation system to an administrative plan.
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.
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.
House Democrats started off the week by gathering members of their caucus and supporters of an expansion to the Medicaid insurance program. House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) says Oklahomans have sent approximately $27 billion in taxpayer dollars to the federal government.
“We come together as a community of Oklahoma citizens today and call upon our governor and our legislative leaders to just bring some of those $27 billion back to Oklahoma to take care of those people who desperately need healthcare.”