Okla. House Passes Comp Reform Measures

April 29, 2005

The Oklahoma House of Representatives reported April 28 that it has passed bipartisan workers’ compensation reform that will grow Oklahoma’s economy, creating jobs and wages and providing more benefits for injured workers.

“We’re offering, with our actions not our words, bipartisan reform on workers’ compensation. With the votes of pro-business Democrats, and through compromise, the House has achieved the people’s business on several key measures this week,” Hiett said.

Three bipartisan measures that renew the drive to enact meaningful workers’ compensation and lawsuit reform in Oklahoma passed the House. The bills, Senate Bill 846, Senate Bill 789, and Senate Bill 692 restore the original reform measures introduced by Speaker Todd Hiett and House Republicans earlier this year, but also include many of Governor Henry’s measures.

“We now need to sit down and hammer out solutions for Oklahoma,” said Hiett. “Our votes today show how important meaningful workers’ comp and lawsuit reform are to the future of Oklahoma. These are serious issues that affect our children’s future, and will expand job opportunities in our state.”

Hiett said he remains hopeful that compromise can be reached with Governor Henry on the Republicans’ top agenda items of the year—workers’ comp reform, lawsuit reform, increased education core curriculum standards and permanent income tax reductions.

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