Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Governor Signs Child Labor Law

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Governor Signs Child Labor Law

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House Bill 1590, a child labor law, has been signed by Gov. David Walters, Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Dave Renfro said Friday.

Co-authors of the legislation are Reps. Don Ross, D-Tulsa, Bill Paulk, D-Oklahoma City and Sen. Ben Brown, DOklahoma City.

Renfro said the bill will bring Oklahoma's child labor law into the Twentieth Century.

"The state's child labor law was passed in 1909, and had remained virtually unchanged for more than 80 years," he said.

"Changes in the law will improve the ability of the Oklahoma Department of Labor to coordinate child labor violations with the U.S. Department of Labor," he said.

"Of more importance, greater restrictions regarding the hours youngsters can work during school sessions improves the chances that working children will be able to complete their educations."

The law, which becomes effective Sept. 1, imposes stronger restrictions on the number of hours a child under 16 years old can work while school is in session. No child in that age group will be permitted to work more than three hours on a school day or more than eight hours on a non-school day. …

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