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GOP Lawmakers Push to Overhaul Workers' Comp (Feb 08, 2011)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Gov. Mary Fallin and GOP leaders in the House and Senate say they're committed to overhauling Oklahoma's workers' compensation and civil justice system.

The say the changes will reduce the amount that doctors and businesses pay for insurance.

Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman were joined by about three dozen Republican lawmakers at a news conference on Tuesday. They promised to make reducing workers' compensation and medical malpractice costs one of their top legislative priorities.

Meanwhile, a Senate committee passed a handful of bills to change the civil justice system. The bills include one that limits non-economic damages in lawsuits to $250,000/

Attorney Rex Travis says the proposed changes will dramatically hurt those who are injured at work or because of medical negligence.

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