Release: May 26, 2004
Rep. Kevin Calvey, Sen. Glenn Coffee and Sen. Owen Laughlin
talk to reporters about tort reform legislation.
GOP: Clock Ticking on Lawsuit Reform
• Special Session Likely Needed
to Pass Meaningful Reform
Senate Republican leaders said Wednesday that
time is running out for meaningful lawsuit reform to be
passed by the Legislature this year, and that a special
session may be needed to complete work.
“Republicans are very concerned with
the continued delays of meetings for the conference committee,
especially with so much work remaining to be done. We are
running out of time this legislative session, so if we want
real reform, we’re probably going to have to come
back for a special session to get it done,” stated
Assistant Senate GOP Leader Glenn
Coffee of Oklahoma City.
“Unfortunately, it appears that Gov.
Henry may be letting his trial lawyer allies run out
the clock on the legislative session instead of insisting
on the ‘Texas-Plus’ lawsuit reform he promised
earlier this year,” he said.
Coffee said it is doubtful that Republicans
will accept “watered-down” reforms such as those
pushed by Henry and legislative Democrats last year.
“As far as we’re concerned, it
is real reform or nothing,” said Coffee, who is a
member of the lawsuit reform conference committee.
Laughlin, R-Woodward, said, “The governor and
the Democrat leadership appear ready to sell out the workers
and the businesses of Oklahoma by dragging out this process
and refusing to allow meaningful lawsuit reforms to be placed
in the bill.”
Laughlin, a Republican Whip, also is a member
of the conference committee.
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