In neighboring news:

A new lawsuit claims that Oklahoma’s Consolidated Workers’ Compensation Program for public employees “has placed taxpayers at risk.” The suit, filed by four attorneys including Oklahoma City-based Bob Burke – who has challenged several recent workers’ comp reforms in the state including opt-out – argues that the program creates an “unsound financial plan for self insurance.” The Consolidated Workers’ Compensation Program took effect following the 2014 passage of a bill that established a “professional risk management program” for all state agencies. The attorneys argue that allowing public employees to prosecute their claims in a state district court rather than through the Workers’ Compensation Commission and allowing state agencies to purchase large-deductible workers comp coverage is unfair to taxpayers.

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