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Okla. Speaker eyes ways to make bill 'stronger'

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ House Speaker T.W. Shannon says a Senate bill to overhaul Oklahoma's workers' compensation system could undergo changes in the House.

The Senate approved the Republican-backed bill on Wednesday and sent it to the House for consideration.

Shannon said Thursday that he supports the idea of shifting Oklahoma's Workers' Compensation Court to an administrative system _ but that the House still has to closely analyze the 260-page measure and will look for ways to make it ``even stronger.''

Opponents have said the cost savings realized under the bill come mostly by limiting benefits to injured workers, and Shannon expressed concern that those hurt on the job aren't penalized. If the bill is modified in the House, it would have to return to the Senate for consideration.

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