Law & Principles, Good Government

Lawsuit-reform restoration advances

Legislation to reinstate caps on noneconomic damages in certain lawsuits has gained approval from a Senate committee.

Ray Carter
February 26, 2020
Law & Principles, Good Government, Judicial Reform

Lawmakers seek sunlight for Oklahoma judicial processes

The operations of the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the state’s Judicial Nominating Commission have long drawn criticism for excessive secrecy and lack of public transparency. Two bills that have cleared a Senate committee seek to address that problem.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2020
Law & Principles, Judicial Reform

Mandatory bar membership raises free-speech concerns

For decades, Oklahoma attorneys have not been allowed to practice law unless they join the Oklahoma Bar Association. Due to a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding free speech and the right of association, a Senate committee has voted to end that mandate.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2020
Education, Law & Principles, Good Government

GOP defectors side with unions

Six Republican senators joined Democrats to defeat legislation that would require routine recertification elections for education unions, providing a victory for a teachers’ union that recently gave failing grades to most of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2020
Law & Principles

Protection against ‘surprise’ medical billing advances

Oklahomans would be protected from having credit scores reduced as the result of “surprise” medical bills under legislation that has gained strong bipartisan support in a Senate committee.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2020
Law & Principles

State workforce reform advances

Members of a Senate committee have advanced legislation related to overhaul of state government workforce regulations, a goal endorsed by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
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