Okla. Legislature set to wrap up special session

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Legislature is meeting to wrap up a five-day special session to overhaul the state's civil justice system in order to comply with an appeals court ruling that a sweeping 2009 bill was unconstitutional.

The House returned Monday morning and the Senate was set to meet in the afternoon to give final passage to two dozen separate bills that address legal procedures in areas like medical malpractice, class-action lawsuits and product liability.

Gov. Mary Fallin requested the session after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in June that a 2009 bill to overhaul the state's tort laws was unconstitutional because it included multiple subjects in one bill. Legislators were called back to divide the various sections into individual bills.

Democrats say the $30,000-per-day price tag for special session wastes money.

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