Five Day Special Session
6:18 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Oklahoma House And Senate Take Care of Business

The Oklahoma Legislature has wrapped up a five-day special session to make changes to Oklahoma's civil justice system.

Oklahoma State Capitol
Credit eschipul / Flickr Creative Commons

The House and Senate passed about two dozen bills on Monday — the final day of the Legislature's first special session since 2006. The measures address legal procedures in areas like medical malpractice, class-action lawsuits and product liability, among others.

A bill that requires an affidavit from an expert in certain civil cases prompted bitter reaction from House Democrats, who said the Oklahoma Supreme Court has been clear that the requirement was unconstitutional. Several Republicans also opposed the measure, which narrowly passed the House.

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.

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