Okla. Legislature Approves Workers' Comp Overhaul

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A plan to overhaul Oklahoma's workers' compensation laws has been given final approval in the state Legislature.

The more than 200-page bill was unanimously approved Wednesday in the Senate on a 48-0 vote and later passed the House 88-8.

The plan is one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top legislative priorities and now heads to her desk.

It was developed by a group that spent months completely rewriting the state's Workers' Compensation Act.

Senate author Sen. Anthony Sykes says the group included representatives of insurance companies, business and industry, attorneys, and the medical community.

Among the key provisions of the bill is to adopt a nationally recognized set of treatment guidelines for work-related injuries and a requirement that the fee schedule for medical reimbursement rates be reduced by 5 percent.