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Legislative Report — 56th Legislature


The Second Session of the 56th Legislature convened on Feb. 5 and ended May 25, 2018. The OBA Legislative Monitoring Committee meets regularly and watches legislative activity.

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Debrief Session for Bar Members Set for Aug. 14

Opportunity for Free CLE Opportunity for Free CLE

By Angela Ailles Bahm

Your Legislative Monitoring Committee has continued to work for you. We have planned another opportunity for you to get some free CLE. Instead of trying to capture all the bills that were signed into law in an article, we have scheduled a legislative debrief session. It will take place Aug. 14 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oklahoma Bar Center, and it will be telecast. Attendees of the in-person program will get two hours of free CLE. There is a $100 fee for those taking advantage of the live webcast. 

The format will be much like Reading Day. Presenters will choose bills from their area of expertise they believe are most impactful to the practice. If you are a Legislative Monitoring Committee member, you already have access to the entire list of bills signed by Gov. Fallin. We are also planning on having a panel of legislators. I imagine they may have some interesting tales to tell of this last session. 

The debrief session will include lunch, and we will conclude about 1:30 p.m. A link to online registration will be available online  – pending the conversion to another online CLE registration system. Even though it’s free, registering for the in-person program is important to ensure enough food for lunch is ordered.


UPDATE ON BILLS

As an update, in my last column I included a list of significant bills OBA Legislative Liaison Clay Taylor discussed during OBA Day at the Capitol. They all died, but for HB 2941 that affects title insurance and title work. It was signed by the governor on May 10.

I hope you voted in the primaries! The 2019 Legislature will have many new members. As I am sure you have heard, the Senate will have a new leader, Sen. Greg Treat. Senate Minority Leader John Sparks is termed out, and a new minority leader will be elected. Senate Judiciary Chair Anthony Sykes also termed out and will be replaced. I expect the House will retain leadership with Rep. Charles McCall, and the House Judiciary chair should remain with Rep. Chris Kannady, but both had challengers in the primary.

I look forward to seeing you in August. As always, if you have any suggestions to improve the committee, please write me at angela.ailles-bahm.ga2e@statefarm.com.

Ailles Bahm is the managing attorney of State Farm’s in-house office and also serves as the Legislative Monitoring Committee chairperson. She can be contacted via email.

Resources

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