Democrats walk off state House floor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Democrats in the Oklahoma House have walked out of the chamber after their attempt to revive an autism mandate was rejected by the House's Republican majority.

All but a handful of the House's 40 Democrats walked off the floor Monday when Republican leaders rejected an effort to amend legislation to improve the provider network of autism specialists in Oklahoma.

The amendment would have revived legislation known as "Nick's Law." Named for an autistic child from Edmond, the law would require private insurance companies to pay for the diagnosis and treatment of autistic children.

Democrats walked out of the House following a parliamentary fight over the issue. GOP leaders ruled that the proposed mandate could not be considered because the same issue was given a do-not-pass recommendation by a House committee.


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