For Immediate Release: February 16, 2010
COFFEE WORKER’S COMP BILLS PASS COMMITTEE
Two measures by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee which will take giant strides toward reforming Oklahoma’s expensive and cumbersome Worker’s Compensation system passed in committee today.
SB 1973, the comprehensive worker’s compensation reform bill passed the Judiciary Committee today. SJR 66, which would limit claims for legal services for workers’ compensation benefits also passed the same committee. SJR 66 will go before the full Senate.
A review of SB 1973’s reforms includes:
And many other provisions.
“These votes are an important first step toward making Oklahoma’s Worker’s Compensation system more equitable and efficient,” said Coffee.
“Over the past decade, we’ve seen claims reduced statewide, but awards have increased exponentially, causing unreasonable hardships on employers and workers both.
“Business owners are reticent to open new business or expand existing
business in this state, due to the volatile nature of awards, and the
resulting increased costs to conduct business in Oklahoma,” he continued.
“This is an important reform toward making Oklahoma more business-friendly,
while protecting the rights of injured workers.”