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Oklahoma State Senate
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

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For Immediate Release: December 19, 2007

Sen. Owen Laughlin
Sen. Owen Laughlin

Laughlin Legislation Seeks to Reverse Supreme Court Decision on
County Jail Medical Expenses

State Sen. Owen Laughlin, R-Woodward, has filed legislation that seeks to reverse this week’s state Supreme Court ruling that makes counties liable for the cost of medical care for jail inmates even if the health condition existed prior to being jailed.

“This court ruling could literally bankrupt some county governments, especially in rural areas like my district, so it is imperative that the Legislature fix this problem,” said Laughlin, who represents northwest Oklahoma and the panhandle.

“My bill will make it clear that an inmate in custody at a county jail is responsible for the cost of his medical care for pre-existing conditions or self-inflicted injuries,” he said.

Laughlin, the Senate’s Republican floor leader, has filed Senate Bill 1168 for the 2008 legislative session.

For more information contact:
Senator Laughlin's Office - (405) 521-5626

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