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Oklahoma State Senate
Senator Susan Paddack
Senate District 13
Democratic Whip
Coal, Garvin , Hughes & Pontotoc Counties

For Immediate Release: March 13, 2007

Senator Susan Paddack
Senator Susan Paddack

Paddack Comments on Passage of Tort Reform Bill in the Senate

 “A significant step in the right direction on the issue of tort reform was taken today when Senators on both sides of the aisle proved they are willing to address common sense solutions to help lower the cost of doing business for doctors in this state, while keeping courthouses open to everyday Oklahomans.

“My tort reform bill strikes at the heart of the problem for Oklahoma doctors who are faced with the costs associated with frivolous lawsuits filed against them.

“Senate Bill 824 restores the certificate of merit provisions included in previously passed tort reform legislation that was struck down in December by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

“I think all Oklahomans would agree that our courthouses should remain open for those seeking justice for wrongs against them, but Oklahomans also firmly believe those lawsuits should have merit.

“This legislation will ensure that.  I look forward to working with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to ensure we send a piece of common sense legislation to the Governor, and not get bogged down in the politics that have plagued this issue in the past.”

For more information contact:
Senator Paddack's Office - (405) 521-5618

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