Chamber Reacts to Gov. Henry’s Veto of Tort Reform

By April 30, 2007Briefly Legal

The Oklahoma State Chamber has forwarded its response to Governor Brad Henry’s veto of SB507, the civil justice reform package. (Previous posts here and here.) The Chamber’s statement:

Oklahoma’s business community is extremely disappointed in Governor Henry’s veto of lawsuit reform. “Even though small business owners and large Oklahoma corporate citizens came together in their effort to communicate the importance of his signing of the lawsuit reform elements he himself called for, the plain fact is that he chose to listen to his trial lawyer friends,” said Mike Seney, senior vice president of operations for The State Chamber. “This is not the last lawsuit reform bill that will be put on the governor’s desk. We hope that he will eventually realize the frustration Oklahomans have with our current system.”

President & CEO of The State Chamber Richard P. Rush commended the other hundreds of business volunteers and leaders that have worked so hard for this chance to protect our community from self-serving attorneys who have learned to manipulate the system to their own advantage. “Each Oklahoma consumer lost the ability to see lower prices due to the Governor’s actions,” Rush said.

UPDATE (2:45 p.m.) Governor Henry’s office has now posted a news release on his veto. Leaves a lot of question marks.