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Workers Compensation Commission By Law Must Open Meetings To Public

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The Oklahoma attorney general says state law requires the Workers Compensation Commission to open its meetings to the public.

The Tulsa World reports Attorney General Scott Pruitt's opinion ends two commissioners' desire to discuss appeals involving injured workers' cases in closed meetings.

The three-member commission has declined to hear appeals involving injured workers' cases, waiting for Pruitt's decision on the matter. The panel reversed its position Thursday, voting to hear at least eight out of 18 pending appeals.

Commission chairman Troy Wilson said in a statement Friday that the group appreciates the thoroughness by the attorney general's office on the issue.

The commission of appointees of Gov. Mary Fallin was created as part of the Legislature's plan to shift Oklahoma's Workers Compensation Court to an administrative system.

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