Thursday, April 30, 2009

Gov. Henry vetoes bill restricting consideration and passage of insurance mandate legislation

(Oklahoma City) Saying it would hinder the state’s ability to respond to emergencies, Gov. Henry today vetoed a bill that would have placed tight restrictions on the consideration and passage of legislation dealing with insurance mandates for health care coverage.

House Bill 1975 would have mandated that such insurance legislation could only be introduced in odd-numbered years and approved in even-numbered years of a legislative session. The bill would have also required a 75 percent super-majority vote to lift the mandate in case of an emergency.

In related action, Gov. Henry signed into law Senate Bill 822, legislation that will create a task force to study the insurance mandate issue.
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