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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 First Regular Session of the 57th Legislature convenes on Feb. 4 and will end May 31, 2019.  The OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee meets regularly and is watching legislative activity.

Legislative Monitoring Committee Begins Its Work to Keep Members Informed

By Angela Ailles Bahm

Happy Valentine’s Day from your OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee. Hopefully someone will be doing something sweet for you. Speaking of which, the committee continues to provide you free CLE – that’s pretty sweet. Earlier this month, we presented the annual Reading Day and provided attendees with two hours of free MCLE credit, while educating them on new bills that might affect their business. I cannot thank the presenters enough for donating their time and energy – and doing such an excellent job. Sometimes they review hundreds of bills to whittle the list down to the top 10 and prepare their presentations. Thank you! Valentines are in the mail.

If you missed Reading Day and want to read the bills that were reviewed, log onto MyOKBar Communities, select Legislative Monitoring Committee and look for the information under the Latest Shared Files heading. Committee membership is required, but it’s very easy to sign up at www.okbar.org/committees. The areas of law addressed were: family law, criminal law, estate planning/banking/general business, civil procedure/courts, natural resources/environmental, health law, schools, Indian/real estate law and marijuana law.

OBA DAY AT THE CAPITOL MARCH 12

On Tuesday, March 12, the committee will be hosting the annual Day at the Capitol. Mark your calendar now! Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Presentations will start at 10 a.m. We will have a variety of speakers, a legislative panel, lunch and then everyone will go to the Capitol to meet our legislators. Details for morning programming and online RSVP can be found at //www.okbar.org/dayatthecapitol.

Do you have a new legislator you would like to meet? Odds are, you do. Forty-seven of the 101 members of the House and 11 of the 48 members of the Senate are new. This would be a great opportunity to schedule a meeting with your representative. Please encourage them to contact you with any questions. Even if the issue is out of your wheelhouse, I bet you know someone who could help provide some perspective on the issue.

NUMBER OF LAWYER LEGISLATORS DECREASES

While I am writing about the new Legislature, were you aware we lost many lawyer legislators in the House and Senate and now only have 14, TOTAL? This is all the more reason you need to know your legislator and be an active participant – they are passing LAWS.

Lawyer legislators are:

  • Sen. Michael Brooks (D-Oklahoma City)
  • Sen. Julie Daniels (R-Bartlesville)
  • Sen. Kay Floyd (D-Oklahoma City)
  • Sen. Brent Howard (R-Altus)
  • Rep. Jon Echols (R-Oklahoma City)
  • Rep. Chris Kannady (R-Oklahoma City)
  • Rep. Ben Loring (D-Miami)
  • Rep. Jason Lowe (D-Oklahoma City)
  • Rep. Terry O’Donnell (R-Catoosa)
  • Rep. Mike Osburn (R-Edmond)
  • Rep. David Perryman (D-Chickasha)
  • Rep. Emily Virgin (D-Norman)
  • Rep. Collin Walke (D-Oklahoma City)
  • Rep. Rande Worthen (R-Lawton)

After this session of the Legislature concludes, the committee anticipates having another Debrief Day as we did in 2018. We will review those bills that passed into law. I anticipate it will be in August again. More details to come later.

JOIN THE COMMITTEE

I will continue and continue to urge you to become a member. Executive Director John Morris Williams tells me we are already the largest committee with more than 300 members. We invite more! If you are already a member, continue to sign on and use the Communities page on the OBA site to communicate with me and other members and to keep informed. And, if you have a bill that needs to be posted for others to see, please do so.

Our objective is to provide you with information and then YOU decide what to do with that information. We have meetings scheduled for the second Tuesday of every month, at noon at the bar center in Oklahoma City. If you cannot attend in person to enjoy lunch with us, you can attend by phone. Just the things I learn from members as we are discussing legislation, state and federal, is worth the investment of time. You can keep informed of what the committee is doing and upcoming events at //www.okbar.org/legislative. As usual, if you have any suggestions, do not hesitate to email me through LMC Communities.

Ms. Ailles Bahm is the managing attorney of State Farm’s in-house office and also serves as the Legislative Monitoring Committee chairperson.