Oklahoma State Chamber to Intervene in Workers’ Comp Law Challenge

October 7, 2013

The State Chamber of Oklahoma has filed a motion to intervene in a constitutional challenge against Oklahoma’s new workers’ compensation law.

Online court records indicate the State Chamber as well as chambers of commerce in Oklahoma City and Tulsa filed a joint motion with the Oklahoma Supreme Court to intervene.

Legislation to overhaul the state’s workers’ compensation system was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin in May.

A lawsuit challenging the statute was filed in September by Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole, Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.

State Chamber President and CEO Fred Morgan says the new statute’s change to an administrative system has already seen positive results and the new law should be defended.

A hearing is set on Nov. 14.

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