Lawmakers, firefighters call new worker’s compensation law unconstitutional
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OKLAHOMA CITY (KFAQ) - A battle is underway following the recent passage of a workers compensation measure. Some lawmakers say if you are injured a new law could rob you of your day in court. Among those to voice concern about the law are firefighters who say the new law could cheat them of benefits.
Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman, Sen. Harry Coates of Seminole and the Professional Firefighters of Oklahoma have now filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the state's new worker's compensation law.
Oklahoma City firefighter Phil Sipe says firefighters believe they are different than the private sector and should not be penalized by the new law.
Rep. Virgin says workers are giving up a lot with the new law, which is why she says she worked with others to file the lawsuit. Republican Senator Kyle Loveless disagrees, saying employers have already been overpaying for a system that is broken. Loveless says the new law protects small business and makes the state more business friendly.