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State/Nation

February 25, 2013

Workers’ comp overhaul hailed by Okla. GOP leaders

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“We have much more hazardous employment (than many other states),” Burke said, citing Oklahoma’s oil-and-gas industry as a key example.
The bill still must be approved by the full Senate before heading to the House for consideration, and Bingman acknowledged the measure likely will undergo significant changes.
“We’ve got an amendment cycle to go through,” he said. “We think it’s a good piece of legislation, but we’re always open to any suggestions members have going through the process.”
Burke said he’s hopeful the bill gets sidetracked in the House.
“I’m hopeful that once it passes the Senate— and I’m sure it will — that the House will take a close look at it, read it and find out what’s in it,” Burke said. “I don’t think this bill can be fixed.”

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