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April 10, 2013

Oklahoma panel advances workers’ comp overhaul

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“The administrative system is nothing but a Trojan horse,” Inman said. “A Trojan horse to do one thing, and that is to reduce benefits for people who’ve been injured on the job.”

Rep. John Echols, who carried the bill in the committee on behalf of Speaker T. W. Shannon, refuted all of the Democrats’ claims. He said the House’s version substantially raised the benefits provided by the Senate version.

Because the bill has been so dramatically altered since passing the Senate, the two chambers will have to reach a compromise if it passes the House.

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