State Chamber Comments on Passage of Historic Workers’ Comp Legislation

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 24, 2013) – State Chamber President Fred Morgan comments on today’s House passage of Senate Bill 1062, workers’ compensation replacement legislation. The bill passed with a vote of 74-24 and now returns to the Senate for consideration of House amendments.

“This is the most important piece of reform legislation to our state’s workers’ compensation system in more than two decades. In fact, it is one of the most important pro-business bills passed in the history of our state,” said State Chamber President Fred Morgan. “Moving to an administrative system will help reduce out-of-control costs, while improving the process and experience within the system for the employer and employee alike. This legislation will exponentially improve our state’s ability to compete for jobs and investment.

“We are fortunate to have a Legislature that understands business and what it takes to grow our state’s economy. I applaud the legislative leadership for skillfully and expeditiously moving this historic bill through the Legislature. Gov. Mary Fallin has been a champion of workers’ compensation reform for decades, fighting for a system that reduces costs for business and treats injured workers fairly. Senate Bill 1062 is the reform Oklahoma has been waiting for, and we look forward to the Senate accepting House amendments and Gov. Fallin signing this legislation into law as soon as possible.”

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Contact: Jennifer Monies

jmonies@okstatechamber.com