Fallin Vetoes Workers' Comp Measure, 4 Other Bills

Thursday, May 26th 2011, 9:33 pm
By: News 9

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed five bills approved by the Legislature, including a measure passed in the final days of the session that made changes to a workers' compensation agreement.

Fallin signed 39 other bills on Thursday, which was the last day for her to sign or veto measures approved by lawmakers last week.

The workers' compensation "trailer bill" was passed by lawmakers after a broad working group that included officials from the insurance industry, attorneys and doctors reached a consensus on an overhaul of the state's workers' compensation laws.

The trailer bill, which was not part of the agreement, would have increased how much physicians could charge for certain medical equipment.

In her veto message, Fallin says the proposal would "diminish the cost savings" of the initial agreement.