A Special Session of the Oklahoma Legislature has special rules and constraints. Late last summer the legislature deferred to the governor to call the special session and set it's perimeters. She used those powers in a heavy-handed way, then failed to keep faith with the legislature.
The legislature tried it her way, first. They kept all bills off the calendar until Fallin's grand scheme collapsed on the House floor. Fallin had threatened an immediate veto of even the slightest legislation which was even posted to a calendar, while she pressed her massive new tax scheme.
Then the Senate pitched a remix of the Fallin plan, but with some oil industry taxes. That plan also died on the House floor.
Then the House, which historically supposed to initiate funding legislation; finally authored a bill they could get passed on the House floor. The measure was on the Governor's desk within a week of it's incarnation on the House JCAB calendar.
Had the house taken their rightful place, the special session could have completed their duty in a week, instead of 8 weeks of govt. waste.
Now the House and Senate need to circulate a petition to their membership, to acquire the needed 2/3 agreement for a call to special session. The wording of the call should address;
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...