Republican Floor Leader
Senator Glenn Coffee
State Capitol Room 531
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: March 6, 2006
Democrat Leadership’s Watered-Down Tort Bill Blocked
by Bipartisan Majority
- Senate Democrat leaders refuse to allow debate
and a vote on GOP amendment for real lawsuit reform
By a 21-25 vote Monday, a watered-down
tort bill authored by the State Senate’s Democrat
leadership was defeated by a bipartisan majority.
All 21 Republican senators present, joined
by 4 Democrat senators, voted against the watered-down
measure, Senate Bill 1874.
“SB 1874 is a watered down bill
that is intended to protect trial lawyers from meaningful
lawsuit reform,” stated Senate Republican Leader
Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City. “Republican senators
voted against this bill because Oklahoma needs real
lawsuit reform, not another trial-lawyer protection
Senate Democrats, however, successfully
used a procedural move to block debate and a vote on
an amendment filed by Coffee. The Coffee Amendment would
have inserted the lawsuit reform package authored by
Coffee and House Speaker Todd Hiett into the Democrats’
bill. Only one Democrat senator voted with the Republicans
against blocking the Coffee Amendment.
“The unwillingness of Senate Democrat
leaders to allow a debate and a vote on my amendment
proves they are against meaningful lawsuit reform. The
liberal Democrat leadership is working overtime to protect
their trial lawyer allies from real and meaningful lawsuit
reform,” said Coffee.
“This is not the end of the fight.
Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature will continue
our battle to stop lawsuit abuse against doctors and
small businesses in the state of Oklahoma,” Coffee
more information contact:
Senate Republican Leadership Office - (405) 521-5654