Okla. governor endorses workers' comp overhaul

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is endorsing the idea of switching the state's Workers' Compensation Court to an administrative system.

Fallin announced her support of the concept Thursday during a meeting of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. While not endorsing a specific bill, Fallin says she is working with the Legislature "to move us to an administrative system."

While Fallin has said workers' compensation reform is a priority, it was the first time she publicly announced her support for a switch to an administrative system.

The move is a priority for Republican lawmakers, who say workers' compensation insurance premiums are too high. A 260-page bill to make the change passed a Senate committee this week.

Opponents say the plan would dramatically cut benefits to injured workers.

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