Oklahoma lawmakers hear debate on adoption reform bill

By MICHAEL OVERALL World Staff Writer

OKLAHOMA CITY — The last time these attorneys argued against each other, 4-year-old Baby Veronica went back to South Carolina.

Several key players from both sides of that epic custody battle met again Thursday, not at a courthouse this time, but at the state Capitol to debate an adoption reform bill that some supporters call “Veronica’s Law.”

Linda Kats, a professional counselor who helped draft House Bill 2442, doesn’t like the nickname.

“This is about the bigger issue of how adoptions are viewed and handled,” she told a group of about 20 lawmakers and advocates on both sides of the issue. “This isn’t really about Veronica.”

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