Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Democrat Leaders in state House draw anger

By John Greiner
Capitol Bureau, April 14, 2008
The Oklahoman

Democratic legislators accused Republicans on Monday of siding with special interests in killing bills such as health care insurance coverage for autism. "Right now we are frustrated but not quitting,” said co-Senate floor leader Charlie Laster, D-Shawnee.

Democrats, who included senators and some House members, criticized Rep. Ron Peterson, R-Broken Arrow, for not letting people be heard on some of these insurance proposals including one on autism.

Sen. Jay Paul Gumm said families whose children have autism had come to the Capitol to speak but were denied by a committee chairman.

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