Oklahoma State Senate
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: May 3,
Senate Democrats Continue to Thwart Constitution to Protect Trial
Senate Democrats continued to ignore the Oklahoma
Constitution Tuesday in their effort to protect trial lawyers from
real workers’ compensation reform.
Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Morgan and Senate Democrats again
ignored Lt. Gov Mary Fallin’s presence in the presiding officer’s
chair of the Oklahoma Senate Tuesday – but Fallin gaveled
down Morgan, whom she ruled out of order, as the Democrat leadership
ordered her microphone to be turned off.
Fallin, the constitutional President of the Senate, has been in
the presiding officer’s chair since Thursday in an attempt
to have an up-or-down vote on real workers’ comp reform in
the Democrat-controlled Oklahoma Senate.
As a result of the Senate Democrats’ flagrant disregard for
the state Constitution, Fallin and Senate Republicans have asked
Senate Democrats to join them in a petition to the Oklahoma State
Supreme Court to assume original jurisdiction to resolve the matter.
“The Senate Democrats have shown they are willing to ignore
the constitution in an effort to protect trial lawyers,” Senate
Republican Leader Glenn Coffee, R-Oklahoma City, stated.
“The issue of saving and creating Oklahoma jobs through real
workers’ compensation reform is too important to let the Senate
Democrats abuse their power to protect trial lawyers. Taking court
action was the last thing Republicans wanted, but the other side
has left us no choice. We have to make it clear that the President
of the Senate has the right to preside over the Senate,” Coffee
“We hope this matter will be resolved quickly so Senate Democrats
will let the Senate get back to the peoples’ business,”
The Oklahoma Constitution clearly names the Lieutenant Governor
as “the president of the senate,” and says that the
duty of the president pro tempore is to preside over the Senate
“in the absence or in place of the Lieutenant Governor.”
Senate Communications Office- (405) 521-5774