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September 3, 2013

Special Session: Tort reform sole topic for debate

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OKLAHOMA CITY —

“We’ve just asked them to work very carefully in drafting the legislation to make sure it will pass a constitutional test,” Fallin said. “Hopefully they’ll be able to get that done through the House and the Senate, and then once it reaches my desk, then we will review that legally to make sure we believe it is constitutional.”
Democrats, who are in the minority in both the House and Senate, attempted to expand the call of the special session to include other topics such as increasing pay for prison workers and Highway Patrol troopers and putting storm shelters in public schools, but those motions were defeated in the House.
A special session costs an estimated $30,000 each day to pay staff and to reimburse members for travel and lodging. 
Fallin and legislative leaders have said they hope to wrap up the special session by early next week, after five or six legislative days.

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