Special session possible for Oklahoma

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

OKLAHOMA - The purpose of the session would be to revamp a 2009 tort reform law the State Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional in June, but the reason it was ruled unconstitutional could effect other laws as well.

The State Supreme Court said they ruled the tort law unconstitutional because it included more than one subject.

Now the legislature is faced with filing 24 different pieces of legislation that made up the tort reform bill.

Senator Frank Simpson said a recently-passed bill to cut the top personal state income tax rate is being questioned on also violating the single subject rule, but he doesn't think the bill is in jeopardy.

"Because if we think that may be a problem, and I'm sure leadership is looking at that bill right now, we can always fix that bill this coming session," said Sen. Simpson.

If the Governor does give an executive order calling for a special session the legislature will choose to meet either the last two weeks of August or the first two weeks of September.

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