HB1412 Passes Committee to Improve the Oklahoma Medical Licensure & Supervision Board

2/18/2015 3:17:00 PM

Rep. Richard Morrissette, Dist. 92
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Contact: Jacklyn Brink-Rosen

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives today took a major step forward in stopping egregious abuse done to Oklahoma physicians by the existing Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision.

House Bill 1412, authored by Rep. Jason Murphy (R-Guthrie) and Rep. Richard Morrissette (D-OKC), passed unanimously out of the State Government Operations Committee.

“This bill will end the days of the ‘Chamber of Horrors’, what has been the State Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision’s method of practice, over many years,” Morrissette said.

“Modeled after Kentucky’s law, the measure guarantees due process protection to physicians and protection for the public. Long overdue, the people and physicians of the state now will have faith in a system that oversees doctors behavior which is fair and important. Gone will be the days of the “good ole’ boy” agreements, persecution from a government agency or a system lacking in fundamental fairness.”

The bill is the result of over a year’s worth of research and a Jan. 15, 2015, public hearing in the House. Many witnesses testified to the problems with the existing board. The director and members of the Medical Licensure Board were invited to attend the hearing yet failed to respond to an invitation to appear, nor did they respond in any manner.  

“Make no mistake about it. The legislature and the Governor are committed to making drastic changes. This is a bipartisan effort with support from Republican and Democratic in both the House and Senate,” Morrissette said.