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Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

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For Immediate Release: April 17, 2009

Sen. Anthony Sykes
Sen. Anthony Sykes

BIPARTISAN TEACHER PROTECTION ACT
HEADED TO GOVERNOR

The State Senate passed House Bill 1598 by Senator Anthony Sykes on Wednesday, a bipartisan lawsuit reform bill providing teachers and schools protections from lawsuits.

The purpose of the Act is to provide teachers, principals, and other school professionals the tools they need to undertake reasonable actions to maintain order, discipline, and an appropriate educational environment.

“Many schools and teachers often fear they will be subject to lawsuits if they take the simple steps necessary to maintain order in their classroom,” said Sykes. “With House Bill 1598, we can put protections in place for our teachers in order for them to perform to the best of their ability in teaching Oklahoma’s future generations. I am very encouraged to see the bipartisan support of this bill and the Legislature’s effort to work together in accomplishing this positive reform.”

House Bill 1598 passed by a vote of 91-1 in the House, and by a vote of 45-1 in the Senate. It will now go to the Governor’s desk for consideration.

For more information contact:
Sen. Sykes' Office: 405-521-5569

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