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The Supreme Court of the State of Oklahoma has ruled that a fee on cigarettes approved during the 2017 legislative session is unconstitutional.

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The medical association that represents Oklahoma physicians is calling for the ouster of all three members of the Oklahoma Supreme Court who are on this year's general election ballot for a retention vote.

OSMA President Dr. Todd Brockman said in a statement the decision to urge the ouster of the justices was based on rulings by the Supreme Court against attempts by the Legislature to change the state's civil justice system – or tort reform.

In June of 2013 the Supreme Court ruled the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009, or H.B. 1603, was unconstitutional because the act addressed more than one subject. Governor Mary Fallin called a special session of the legislature to address tort reform that resulted in 23 separate bills approved by both houses and signed by Fallin.

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A Democratic state representative from Chouteau wants Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders to call a special legislative session to deal with a strip club that he says is rumored to be coming to Mayes County.

Rep. Ben Sherrer said Monday in a news release that he plans to submit a formal request to Fallin and the leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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The Oklahoma Legislature is expected to wrap up a five-day special session to overhaul the state's civil justice system to comply with an appellate court's ruling that a sweeping 2009 bill was unconstitutional.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet Monday to give final passage to two dozen separate bills that address legal procedures in areas like medical malpractice, class-action lawsuits and product liability.

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The Oklahoma Legislature is convening for a special session to address changes to the way civil lawsuits are handled in the state.

The House and Senate are scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. Tuesday for the first special session since 2006. It is the first time Republican Gov. Mary Fallin has called a special session.

Republican leaders in the House and Senate say they will need at least five days to pass bills through both chambers.

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Gov. Mary Fallin has reissued a call for a special legislative session to address changes in Oklahoma's civil justice system after she made reference to a part of the state constitution that doesn't exist.

Fallin issued an amended executive order on Tuesday that advised the Legislature not to violate Article 5, Section 57, which requires that each bill address only one subject.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court referenced that section of the Oklahoma Constitution when they overturned a 2009 civil justice bill two months ago.

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Some Oklahoma lawmakers with state prison facilities in their districts are asking Gov. Mary Fallin to include corrections funding in any special legislative session she calls.

Nine state senators and 12 members of the House have signed a petition calling for corrections funding to be addressed if a special session is called by the governor.

Fallin is considering calling a special session to consider restoring laws overturned by the state Supreme Court that were designed to cut businesses' legal liability costs.

Gov. Mary Fallin prepares to deliver her 2013 State of the State address, flanked by Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb, and House Speaker T.W. Shannon.
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Gov. Mary Fallin says she won't include the fate of Insure Oklahoma as a topic for a special legislative session if one is called.  

The Tulsa World reports that a spokesman for Fallin told the paper Tuesday in an email that the health insurance program wouldn't be considered.

Oklahoma has submitted a plan to the federal government to end the program.

Senate Leader Supports Special Session

Jul 18, 2013
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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.