OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Governor Brad Henry Friday ordered the Legislature
to convene a special session to work on a workers compensation reform plan.
Henry's order was read in the state Senate as the Legislature
's regular session prepares to adjourn. The Legislature
, which convened on February 7th, adjourned at 5 PM Friday under the state Constitution.
Lawmakers convened the special session Friday afternoon. Floor leader Ted Fisher says the Legislature
will reconvene in special session on Tuesday.
Eleventh-hour negotiations between the state House, state Senate and Henry toward a workers compensation reform agreement fell apart Friday afternoon. House Speaker Todd Hiett and Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan both urged Henry to call a special session.
Hiett says he and Henry reached an "agreement in principle" on the issue. But Hiett says lawmakers would not have time to digest the 150-page bill's contents before adjournment.