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House Bill 1296 by Representative Randy Terrill, (R- Moore), would have destroyed reforms passed during the 2006 Legislative Session and totally gut reforms made to support small businesses and small business contractors, failed by a tie vote of 7-7 in the House General Government and Transportation Committee last week.
Senate Bill 324, signed into law by Governor Brad Henry during the 2006 Legislative Session, limited the ability of a business or contractor to pass on one party’s liability for their negligence to another party by contract. The bill ensured that every small business and contractor became responsible for their own actions. The passage of the bill was praised by small businesses across the state.
“I’m very disappointed that the bi-partisan reforms passed last session are now being thrown out the window,” said Senator Harry Coates, (R- Seminole). “The Legislature must keep these reforms in place to ensure that our small businesses are treated fairly.”
Rep. Terrill’s House Bill 1296 failed due to a tie vote in committee. Voting NAY and killing the measure were; Reps, Mike Brown, (D-Tahlequah); Al Lindley, (D-OKC); Al McCaffery, (D-OKC); Jerry McPeak, (D-Warner); R. C. Pruett, (D-Antlers); Eric Proctor, (D-Tulsa); and Dale Turner, (D-Holdenville).