The Legislative Monitoring Committee focuses on the following measures:
- Administration of justice
- Court organization, selection, tenure, salary and other incidents of the judicial office
- Rules and laws affecting practice and procedure in the courts and in administrative bodies exercising adjudicatory functions
- The practice of law
OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 3
Legislative Proposals and Endorsements in Principle:
- The House of Delegates has the authority to place a measure on the Legislative Program or to endorse it in principle, with at least a 60% vote.
OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 5
Action by the Association upon proposals for improvement of the law by legislation or by judicial rule shall consist of:
- Adoption as part of the Legislative Program of the Association;
- Endorsement in principle.
OBA Bylaws Art. VIII Sec 2
Legislative Report - 57th Legislature
The Second Regular Session of the 57th Legislature convened on Feb. 3, 2020 and adjourned on May 29, 2020. The OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee meets regularly and is watching legislative activity.
2020 Legislative Session Recap
By Miles Pringle
The 2020 Legislative Session is over and, while fewer bills passed due to the pandemic, it was nevertheless a very eventful session. First, the state budget was not in great shape heading into the session, with the energy market slowing. COVID-19 dragged the economy in general and the energy market in particular to a standstill (literally), resulting in a large decline in tax collections for the state. The Oklahoma Board of Equalization declared a revenue failure for fiscal year 2020 amounting to more than $416 million, and severe losses are anticipated for fiscal year 2021 and, potentially, 2022.
Prior to the board’s declaration, there was a fight between the Legislature and the governor over the state’s fiscal response, in which leadership in both the House and Senate asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to intervene. Gov. Stitt attempted to stall a meeting of the Board of Equalization, after he believed the Legislature reneged on a funding deal that included the digital transformation fund. After filing the petition with the Supreme Court, the governor did call a meeting of the board.
In order to avoid large budget cuts and blunt the impact of a projected $1.36 billion decline in revenues, lawmakers pulled amounts from several one-time sources for the fiscal year 2021 budget. The governor vetoed the budget, which was immediately overridden by the Legislature. The governor defended his veto, stating that “They overrode it. The Legislature owns that budget.” In all, the governor vetoed 19 bills, 10 of which were overridden.
Another bone of contention has been the tribal gaming compacts. The year started with a stare down between the governor and many tribes over whether the compacts automatically renewed in 2020. While in the midst of litigation, the governor made a deal with two tribes that drew heavy criticism from the Legislature. Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore and the Speaker of the House petitioned the Oklahoma Supreme Court to step in and adjudicate the dispute, which is still pending review.
Join the Legislative Monitoring Committee online on Tuesday, July 21, from 2 - 4:30 p.m. when we host our 2020 Legislative Debrief. It’s free and offers 2.5 credits (.5 may be applied toward ethics). We will be addressing the bills that did pass this year, as well as hearing from lawyer legislators on their views of the session. Here’s the agenda, and it’s easy to register online.
Mr. Pringle is general counsel for The Bankers Bank and serves as the Legislative Monitoring Committee chairperson.