Friday, May 20, 2011

2011 Session Over...Maybe

The Legislature is done. Maybe.

While they won't officially end it until next Friday, legislative leaders said no more bills are to be considered this year and the House and Senate are done.

Governor Fallin, Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Kris Steele all said the session was a good one.

However, in passing a resolution to recess rather than adjourning the session a week early, Steele denied a rumor that the step was taken should Governor Fallin veto a last-minute workers compensation bill. Democratic leader Scott Inman, D-Oklahoma City, however, confirmed that that was the reason the House and Senate voted to recess rather than adjourn.

The bill at issue is a "trailer bill" to the main workers comp bill passed Wednesday; it changes the wording in a way that generally favors doctors who sell medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and "implantables," either directly or through associated businesses in which they have a financial interest. The trailer changes the maximum charge for such items from 10 percent above cost to 90 percent of the amount allowed by Medicare.

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