Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Workers’ Compensation Law

December 18, 2013

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a constitutional challenge to the state’s new workers’ compensation law.

The court handed down the ruling Monday, just one week after justices heard oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the law. The court rejected allegations the law contains multiple subjects in violation of the Constitution’s single-subject rule that legislation address just one subject.

The ruling says all sections of the new law are inter-related and refer to the single subject of workers’ compensation or the way employees may ensure protection against work-related injuries.

The legislation was signed into law by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in May. It was challenged in the lawsuit by state Sen. Harry Coates, state Rep. Emily Virgin – both Democrats – and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.

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