For Immediate Release: May 7, 2007
Legislative Leaders Dispute Henry Claim
That Lawsuit Reform Deal is Near
Legislative leaders from the Oklahoma Senate and
House of Representatives disputed published comments by Gov.
Brad Henry that an agreement is near on a lawsuit reform compromise.
Henry recently vetoed Senate Bill 507, a bipartisan
lawsuit reform bill passed by the Legislature. In the May 6,
2007, edition of The Sunday Oklahoman, Henry said he feels a
compromise on lawsuit reform is “very, very close.”
“Negotiations on lawsuit reform are nonexistent
– one could even say they’ve broken down. The Legislature
put a very good lawsuit reform bill on the governor’s
desk, but we haven’t heard a peep from him since he vetoed
it,” stated Senate Co-President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee,
R-Oklahoma City. “We’re willing to talk to the governor
if he gets serious about meaningful reform, but we’re
not going to let him water down the key reforms just for the
sake of getting an agreement.”
“The governor had the opportunity to work
in a collaborative bipartisan way with the Legislature this
year, but he has chosen a path of confrontation and partisanship,”
said Speaker Lance Cargill, R-Harrah.
“The governor wasted time by trying to renegotiate this
legislation at the eleventh hour before he vetoed it. He didn't
expend any time or effort when this legislation was working
its way through the process.
“Now he's just trying to spin his way out
of an unpopular veto. He needs to engage in the process. If
the governor wants to talk about serious reform, we're open
to that. But just posturing on the issue won't cut it.”
For more information contact:
Senator Coffee's Office: (405) 521-5636