Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Henry's Tort Reform Package Falls in Oklahoma Senate

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Henry's Tort Reform Package Falls in Oklahoma Senate

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A lack of votes.

That was the reason given Thursday for Gov. Brad Henry's tort reform package failing to gain a hearing in the state Senate on the final day for bills to be heard in the house of origin.

The Senate adjourned for the week without taking up the proposal. The author of Senate Bill 914, Sen. Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee, blamed the non-hearing on not having the votes necessary to send the lawsuit reform measure to the House.

Laster said a handful of Republican votes were needed to ensure passage of the bill, but was told that no Senate Republicans would be voting to approve the measure. Senate Minority Leader Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, agreed that the Republicans weren't in favor of the governor's proposal and wouldn't vote for it, but he said it was an example of the Senate Democrats not being able to take advantage of having the majority.

It was Democrats who kept it from being heard, Coffee said.

Paul Sund, spokesman for Henry, said the governor was disappointed that the bill containing the remainder of Henry's 2004 comprehensive tort reform package had not been heard. …

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