Law & Principles

Ruling means one less hoop in redistricting process

In an opinion issued Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that partisanship cannot be a factor weighed by judges in redistricting challenges.

Ray Carter
June 27, 2019
Health Care, Law & Principles

Court rejects Medicaid petition challenge

Making an apparent about-face from a similar ruling issued just a year ago, the Oklahoma Supreme Court found Tuesday that a Medicaid-expansion petition could proceed, even though its gist contained material several justices conceded was misleading to voters.

Ray Carter
June 18, 2019
Law & Principles

Tulsa attorney files landmark suit against Oklahoma Bar Association

A Tulsa attorney has filed a lawsuit against the Oklahoma Bar Association in an effort to break the OBA’s monopoly on licensing and collecting dues from members of the legal profession.

Mike Brake
May 16, 2019
Law & Principles

State leaders consider response to court’s ruling on lawsuit reform

This week the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a lawsuit-reform law that capped noneconomic (“pain and suffering”) damages at $350,000, declaring it a “special law” that unconstitutionally treated similarly situated plaintiffs differently.

State political, business, and medical leaders all say there will be an effort to reinstitute the cap, which has been declared vital to keeping doctors in Oklahoma and improving the state’s attractiveness to entrepreneurs.

Ray Carter
April 26, 2019
Law & Principles

Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes down cap on noneconomic damages

In a split decision issued Tuesday, the Oklahoma Supreme Court declared a cap on noneconomic “pain and suffering” damage awards is an unconstitutional special law. The ruling, which strikes down a key reform long sought by business leaders and doctors, drew a sharp response from Senate leadership.

Ray Carter
April 23, 2019
Law & Principles, Good Government

It all starts at the top: Reforming Oklahoma’s executive branch

If Oklahoma is ever to have good government, the governor must persuade the people to change both the state constitution and the structure of the executive branch of state government.

Andrew C. Spiropoulos
January 22, 2019
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