Senate chief endorses Fallin special session talk

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Governor Mary Fallin says she's discussing a possible special session to resurrect a lawsuit reform bill that was struck down by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the leader of the Senate says he supports the plan.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said Wednesday he supports the idea of a one-week special session "the sooner the better." House Speaker T.W. Shannon said through a spokesman that he would defer to the governor.

Fallin and Bingman both cited concern in the business community over the June ruling by the state's highest court that the sweeping overhaul of the state's civil justice system was unconstitutional because it addressed multiple subjects.

Bingman said he wants to focus only on the so-called "tort reform" law, while Fallin said addressing other issues is a possibility.

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