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Shannon Talks Workers' Comp Bill (Feb 28, 2013)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - House Speaker T.W. Shannon says a Senate bill to overhaul Oklahoma's workers' compensation system likely will undergo changes after it arrives in the House.

The full Senate approved the Republican-backed bill on Wednesday and sent it to the House for consideration.

Shannon said Thursday he supports the idea of shifting Oklahoma's Workers' Compensation Court to an administrative system _ but said he expects the House will ``make some modifications to it.''

Opponents of the bill have said the cost savings realized under the bill come mostly by limiting benefits to injured workers, and Shannon expressed concern that those hurt on the job aren't penalized. If the bill is modified in the House, the measure would have to return to the Senate for consideration.

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