Fallin signs lawsuit-reform package; bipartisan senators see lawsuit ahead (access required)

Hailing it as a way to boost the state’s economy and attract and retain doctors while ensuring injured Oklahomans are compensated, Gov. Mary Fallin signed a three-bill lawsuit reform package Tuesday afternoon. At the same time, several lawmakers from both ...

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Quick Take: Bipartisan senators–Please, somebody, sue over tort cap bill (access required)

A bipartisan group of state senators Tuesday all but begged for someone to file a lawsuit challenging HB 2128, the “hard cap” lawsuit reform bill, which they think infringes on the constitutional right to trial  by jury, among other things. “We ...

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Opponents criticize refusal to hear amendments on noneconomic-damages cap bill (access required)

Supporters of a bill to cap noneconomic damages in lawsuits to $350,000 came under fire from opponents on the Senate floor Monday because HB 2128 was advanced without hearing several amendments on the clerk’s desk. Amendments were also not heard ...

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Labor rally draws more than 400 to Capitol to oppose collective bargaining restrictions (access required)

They came more than 400 strong from all over Oklahoma, members of unions for postal, transport, auto and municipal workers, teamsters, teachers, firefighters and police, to a noontime rally on the south steps of the Capitol building, showing solidarity in ...

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Signing of aerospace engineer tax credit law means jobs for Oklahomans, says Boeing official (access required)

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a law Monday reinstating Oklahoma’s tax and tuition reimbursement credit for the aerospace industry, a move an industry official said will mean more jobs for state-educated engineers. “At the end of the day, what this tax ...

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Fallin, Bingman working on healing split over health insurance exchange measure (access required)

Gov. Mary Fallin said Monday that she and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman are working toward resolving their disagreement over how to address a federal requirement that states set up health insurance exchanges. Last week, Bingman announced that the ...

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Conversation starter … (Wisconsin prof’s emails released to state GOP) (access required)

Some emails of Wisconsin Professor William Cronon, who wrote a blog post citing links between the Wisconsin Republican Party and the American Legislative Exchange Council, are being released to state party officials under an open records request. A University of ...

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