Bill sparks Senate debate.
A massive workers' compensation reform bill cleared the state Senate, Wednesday.
It would change Oklahoma from a judicial workers' comp system to an administrative system.
Republican Senator Patrick Anderson of Enid had specific questions for the bill's co-author, Republican Senator Anthony Sykes of Moore.
"Benefits to employees that are injured will be rediuced under this bill, is that correct?" Anderson asked. "They will receive seventy percent of their average weekly wage, which is a reduction from a current one-hundred percent, all of which is tax free," Sykes responded.
Critics say if the bill's signed into law, Oklahoma will have the lowest workers' comp benefits in the nation, and benefits to workers could be reduced by as much as thirty percent.
Supporters say it's needed to attract industry and jobs to Oklahoma. Currently, only Oklahoma and Tennessee have a judicial workers' compensation system.
The 260-page bill moves on to the House.
(Anthony Sykes, (R) - Moore.
(Patrick Anderson, (R) - Enid.