A bill approved by the Oklahoma Senate Judiciary Committee would allow the recently created Workers’ Compensation Commission for the state to meet privately when considering appeals in comp cases. The three-member Commission (appointed by the Governor Fallin) was part of a large reform package in the state passed last year, which also included a controversial opt-out provision. Oklahoma’s Commission was heavily criticized last year for violations of the state’s Open Meeting Act. This bill, which goes to the Senate floor soon, will allow the Commission to circumvent the Act by holding “executive sessions” for appeals. Executive sessions are not open to the public or the press.
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