Bill eliminating joint and several liability one step closer to becoming law (access required)

A key measure on the Republican leadership’s lawsuit-reform agenda took a major stride toward Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk Tuesday morning, when House members voted 64-32 to pass SB 862. House Majority Floor Leader Daniel Sullivan, R-Tulsa, said the bill would ...

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Senate panel splits on municipal collective-bargaining repeal (access required)

One of the key collective-bargaining bills floating around this session came before the Senate General Government Committee Monday, passing on a split vote of 5-3. HB 1593, sponsored by Committee Chairman Sen. Cliff Aldridge, R-Choctaw, would repeal the 2004 Oklahoma ...

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Bills nixing trial de novo for teachers, boosting state superintendent’s power pass committee (access required)

A House measure abolishing the trial de novo procedure for career teachers overcame another hurdle Monday with passage out of the Senate Education Committee. Trial de novo is a process accorded to tenured educators, allowing them to appeal terminations to ...

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Coffee, other Fallin nominations get committee thumbs-up (access required)

Several of Gov. Mary Fallin’s nominations to cabinet and other posts were recommended for confirmation by Senate committees on Monday, including former Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee as secretary of state. In addition to a four-year term succeeding Susan ...

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Quick take for Monday morning at the Capitol (access required)

This morning, Senate committees approved the following nominations, to be sent before the full Senate for confirmation: Phyllis Hudecki, secretary of education. Glenn Coffee, secretary of state and cabinet secretary of state. Albert Ashwood, director of the Department of Civil ...

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