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Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office restructuring

(AP)- The Oklahoma Senate will consider a measure that would restructure the State Medical Examiner's Effice or merge it with another entity.

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee advanced Senate Bill 738 by Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee by a 6-to-0 vote.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is looking into allegations of mismanagement and possible sexual harassment at the M.E.'s office. The probe came at the request of Coffee and House Speaker Chris Benge.

Critics of efforts last year to merge the Medical Examiner's Office with the OSBI said the Medical Examiner's Office needed to remain independent.

Senate Democratic Leader Charlie Laster says that's needed so that defense attorneys can't claim that the office is an agent of a prosecuting authority.

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