Legislative Monitoring Committee Reviews Proposed Legislation
Bar Members Urged to Attend Day at the Capitol
By Duchess Bartmess
Again this year, a group of interested bar members met to review bills and joint resolutions introduced in both the House and Senate for the purpose of recommending measures that should be monitored throughout the session by the OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee. Appropriation bills, sunset bills, bills addressing issues regarding state retirement systems, and measures that do not have significant legal impact such as naming bridges and roads were not reviewed.
At the beginning of each new Legislature, the number of subcommittees created and the subject areas to be addressed by the various subcommittees are established.
For both sessions of the 54th Oklahoma Legislature, the 15 subcommittees of the Legislative Monitoring Committee are:
- Children & Family Law
- Civil Law & Procedure
- Commercial Law, Business Entities, Insurance & Contracts
- Constitutional Law
- Courts, Judiciary & Attorneys
- Criminal Law & Procedure
- Education - Common and Higher
- Energy, Oil, Gas, Minerals, Environment & Natural Resources
- General Government - Local & State
- Probate, Guardianship & Trusts
- Public Health, Safety & Welfare
- Real Property, Landlord & Tenant
- Revenue & Tax
- Transportation & Motor Vehicles
- Workers' Compensation
Of the nearly 2,500 measures introduced, more than 400 have been designated of significance for review and analysis. The committee's primary mission continues to be to inform bar members of pending legislation of significance to the practice of law in Oklahoma and to provide assistance to members of the Legislature to produce clear, constitutional, technically accurate laws for the state of Oklahoma that are void of unintended consequences. Summaries of the bills being monitored (and their status) can be found on the OBA website. This information is updated weekly. For the most current status of a bill, go to the Legislature's website at www.oklegislature.gov.
Therefore, in furtherance of the committee's mission, efforts will be increased to work with other bar committees and sections, as appropriate, for an even more comprehensive analysis of the significant measures assigned to subcommittees.
The OBA has five bills on its legislative agenda, passed by the House of Delegates in November. Read Executive Director John Morris Williams' article in this issue for information on those bills.
Members are invited to communicate with the committee for information regarding pending measures or to provide comments or assistance to the committee in its efforts on behalf of OBA members.
DAY AT THE CAPITOL
All members are encouraged to come to Oklahoma City to participate in OBA Day at the Capitol, March 12. This is a great opportunity to speak to your legislators in person about important issues. The OBA is providing a free lunch that day, but you need to RSVP.
Ms. Bartmess practices in Oklahoma City and chairs the Legislative Monitoring Committee. She can be reached at email@example.com.
OBA Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, March 12
Oklahoma Bar Center
Jim Stuart, OBA President
||Issues from the Speaker's Office
||Bills of Interest to the Judicial Conference
Judge James B. Croy
||Bills of General Interest
||Break for Lunch*
||Criminal Law Issues
D. Michael Haggerty II
John Morris Williams,
OBA Executive Director
||Adjourn and Meet with Legislators at the State Capitol
*Please RSVP if attending lunch to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 405-416-7014; 800-522-8065