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Oklahoma lawmakers took up many topics

Oklahoma lawmakers took up many topics

Legislators pass priority items such as education and workers' compensation reform. But the Republican-led Legislature also spent much time attacking the federal health care system.

NewsOK
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT AND JULIE BISBEE
Published: May 30, 2010

In addition to grappling with a $1.2 billion revenue shortfall to come up with a balanced budget, lawmakers passed legislation intended to reform public schools and the workers' compensation system.

Education reforms include expanding charter schools and developing a performance pay plan for schoolteachers.

A key priority for the Republican-led Legislature was making changes to the workers' compensation system. Proposals include reducing the number of workers' compensation judges from 10 to eight and requiring Senate confirmation on any workers' compensation judge.

After three years, lawmakers agreed to pass a bill intended to crack down on puppy mills. And legislators, after more than a year of haggling, resolved the issue of whether horse "teeth floaters,” or equine dentists, could legally work in the state... FULL ARTICLE


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