Governor Brad Henry vetos his first bill

Thursday, May 8th 2003, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Oklahoma City-AP) -- Governor Brad Henry has vetoed his first bill since taking office, saying it is unconstitutional.

In his veto message, Henry said the bill contains more than one subject and is a case of logrolling, which the Oklahoma Supreme Court has held as unconstitutional.

Representative Todd Hiett, one of the bill's authors, held a news conference earlier and said the veto would be a case of the Democratic governor siding with trial lawyers and against business.

The bill deals mainly with agriculture and animal disease outbreaks, but contains a provision that would have required expert testimony in cases involving medical liability.

Henry said that provision dealt with the practice of medicine and had nothing to do with the rest of the legislation.