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New court filing indicates Obama administration ready to modify process for religious objectors to ACA contraceptive mandate (access required)

By Marie Price Editor/Senior Capitol Reporter Journal Record Legislative Report In a new brief filed with a federal appeals court in one of numerous lawsuits from groups with religious objections to the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act, the ...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court upholds workers’ comp law, but leaves door open for an ‘as applied’ challenge (access required)

In a ruling whose separate opinions from individual justices are much longer than the six-justice majority order, the Oklahoma Supreme Court Monday held that the hefty new workers’ compensation law, which phases out the Workers’ Compensation Court in favor of ...

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Workers’ comp may be even higher leadership priority this session (access required)

Legislative leaders and business groups seem to be putting an even stronger emphasis than usual on workers’ compensation reform this session—particularly a newly resurrected effort to ditch the Workers’ Compensation Court and move to an administrative system.

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Capitol week in review … (April 30-May 4) (access required)

We may have our first interim study subject lined up for this year—workers’ compensation reform. Sound familiar? House Speaker Kris Steele thinks it’s ripe for another go ‘round. Well, maybe not another massive redrafting of Title 85 (that’s where workers’ ...

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Workers’ compensation opt-out measure passes Senate (access required)

A House measure that would allow some Oklahoma businesses to opt out of the state workers’ compensation system and offer alternative plans for injured workers passed the Senate Wednesday by 28-17.

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Capitol week in review (March 12-16)… Part two (access required)

In addition to measures to reduce the state’s personal income tax, reform the tax credit system, strengthen state abortion law, expand the governor’s power over executive appointments, subject the legislature to open meeting/records requirements (not this year), reform the Department ...

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Leaders differ on reducing, eliminating income tax (access required)

Eliminating Oklahoma’s income tax would wipe out $2 billion, or about one-third of state budget dollars, House Democratic Leader Scott Inman told the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Thursday. He said that would occur at a time when the state needs ...

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State officials back Coburn and Lankford in proposal to opt out of federal highway funding program (access required)

State officials are on board with a proposal announced Thursday by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn and U.S. Rep. James Lankford that would allow states to opt out of federal highway and mass transit programs, providing flexibility to the states to ...

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Today in the state House … (access required)

(Meeting all alone, the Senate having aced the original-house deadline and left the Capitol Wednesday, a day early, saving taxpayers a whopping $5,000—so says Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa) Ongoing fractiousness among the House GOP contingent (not to ...

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