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Tue December 17, 2013
Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Workers' Comp Law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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 and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma.