Rep. Jason Murphey Earns 100% voting record on small business issues

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Jerrod Shouse, state director of the National Federation of Independent Business, said today that Jason Murphey achieved a 100 percent voting record in the 2011- 12 legislative sessions.

“Small business is the engine that drives Oklahoma’s economy,” Shouse said. “By supporting small business, Jason Murphey is supporting working families and the community.”

“Jason Murphey has stood up for Oklahoma’s employers and job creators time and time again on important issues such as workers’ compensation reform and unemployment fraud,” Shouse said. “Our members truly appreciate the efforts of Jason Murphey to help grow Oklahoma’s economy and create jobs.

Small businesses account for 98% of private-sector employers in Oklahoma, and they employ over half of the non-government workforce.

To achieve a 100 percent NFIB/Oklahoma voting record, Jason Murphey voted “yes” on legislation:

— Reforming the state’s workers’ compensation system.

— Capping non-economic damages resulting from a lawsuit at $350,000.

— Discouraging frivolous lawsuits by requiring defendants to pay only their percentage of fault

–Cutting the cost of state-issued decals for coin-operated vending machines and amusement devices in half.

–Allowing defendants in a civil action to pay damages of $100,000 or more in periodic payments rather than in a lump sum.

— Making the state’s workplace drug-testing statue more employer-friendly by empowering the
employer when determining if a drug test should be administered, and when an employee refuses to be

— Curbing unemployment fraud by cracking down on those who knowingly continue to receive
unemployment benefits after securing a new job and requiring those who file for unemployment to provide proof they are actively seeking a job.
— Sending to a vote of the people a measure that exempts intangible personal property from ad valorem taxes.

NFIB is the nation’s leading small business association, with offices in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals. Founded in 1943 as a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, NFIB gives small- and independent-business owners a voice in shaping the public policy issues that affect their business. NFIB’s powerful network of grassroots activists sends its views directly to state and federal lawmakers through our unique member-only ballot, thus playing a critical role in supporting America’s free enterprise system. NFIB’s mission is to promote and protect the right of our members to own, operate and grow their businesses. More information about NFIB is available online at

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