Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: June 7, 2007
Henry Veto of Modest Lawsuit Reform Bill Shows True Loyalties
Gov. Brad Henry showed his continued loyalty to Oklahoma’s
trial lawyers with a veto of a bipartisan bill that would have limited
liability of doctors under contract with the state to perform administrative
services, such as examining patient records.
The modest reform contained in HB 1930, by Rep. Kris Steele (R-Shawnee)
and Sen. Charles Laster (D-Shawnee), would have placed physicians
under the Governmental Tort Claims Act for their administrative
work for the Oklahoma Health Care Authority. Such work is not covered
by private insurance coverage, which led the Oklahoma Health Care
Authority to request the legislation. The authority is the state
agency that provides Medicaid health services to the poor.
“Gov. Henry continues to show his loyalty to Oklahoma trial
lawyers, protecting them from even a modest reform such as that
contained in HB 1930,” stated Senate Co-President Pro Tempore
Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City.
“This is a very disappointing veto, and it reduces my hope
that a meaningful lawsuit reform bill will ever become law so long
as Brad Henry is the governor of this state,” he said.
For more information, contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5654