Steele gains passage of state school board revamp bill, loses emergency clause (access required)

After tabling an amendment that would have required that half of the State Board of Education be elected from the state’s five congressional districts, House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, gained passage of SB 435, which changes the board’s makeup, but ...

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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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