Lawmaker says 'single subject rule' needs addressing

Lawmaker says 'single subject rule' needs addressing

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OKLAHOMA CITY -

Senator Kyle Loveless said Wednesday that the 'single subject rule' in Oklahoma's constitution needs to be officially defined and/or changed. "What needs to happen is it needs to be clearly defined," Loveless said. The Senator plans to bring up the issue next legislative session.

Violating the single subject rule is why the Oklahoma Supreme court struck down a 2009 law restricting civil lawsuits and has Governor Mary Fallin  considering a special session to fix the error. "It's looking more and more like we are going to have one," Loveless said.

A special session could cost Oklahoma taxpayers up to $30,000 a day. 

Loveless said if the writing was changed or clearly defined it would prevent special sessions like this from happening, "I think it's a good thing to have, it's just the implementation of it over time has been inconsistent," Loveless added, "If we knew the supreme court was going to piece it together, or knock it down, we could have addressed it during session." 

Fox 25 legal analyst David Slane believes the law is in place to protect the public from legislative abuse, "I think the Oklahoma Supreme court was 100 percent right when they made this ruling," Slane added, "The Oklahoma Supreme court has repeatedly told the legislature to stop doing this."

The next legislative session begins February 3rd, 2014. 

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