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Texting Ban & Speed Limits: Just some of the Proposed Bills for the 2010 Legislative Session

Last week, Oklahoma legislators filed more than 2,200 bills and resolutions for the 2010 Legislative session.  Here are a few that affect the Oklahoma trucking industry:

HB 2639, by Rep. Mark McCullough, R-Sapulpa, would create the Workers’ Compensation Commission and would detail how claims are to be made, processed, disputed or otherwise administered.

HB 2652, by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, would clarify the definition of "surgery” in the Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Act.

HB 2662, by Rep. Dan Sullivan, R-Tulsa, would sell the state’s workers’ compensation insurance agency, CompSource Oklahoma, and all its assets to the highest bidder by Dec. 31, 2011.

HB 3250, by Reps. Sue Tibbs, R-Tulsa, and Danny Morgan, D-Prague, would require drivers to use hands-free devices when talking on cell phones and would prohibit texting while operating a motor vehicle.

SB 1317, by Sen. Earl Garrison, D-Muskogee, would require trucks on the turnpike to travel at a limit of 65 mph instead of 75 mph.

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