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Day One of Special Session Ends

Filed by Michael Cross in Local News, News, Politics.
September 3, 2013

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State lawmakers returned to the Capitol for a special session to pass several lawsuit reform bills after a single 2009 law was declared unconstitutional for logrolling in June.

Democrats attempts to get other issues taken up failed in the GOP super-majority chamber.

The first reading of House Bills only took a few minutes, but attempts by Democrats to add more subjects like School safety and shelters, Insure Oklahoma as well as pay increases for troopers and corrections offices got crushed by House Republicans.

Minority Leader Scott Inman says the Democrats were hoping to include issues in the special session which he says are more important than lawsuit reform.

“But unfortunately today the Republican majority stood up and said instead of taking care of issues that really matter to average, everyday citizens we’d rather go ahead and focus and spend $300,000 on special interest, special legislation in the special session.”

Inman also raises concerns that Republicans will attempt to limit discussion on all the Tort Reform House bills to just three hours total and no amendments can be added.

The House reconvenes Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 and the Senate in the morning at 9:30.


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