Senator Todd Lamb, R-Edmond
For Immediate Release: February 17, 2009
Senator Todd Lamb
Judicial Reform Praised in Committee
Senate Bill 609 by Senator Todd Lamb, passed out
of the Judiciary Committee today.
The provisions in Senate Bill 609 reduce the number
of judges on the Workers’ Compensation Court from ten to
seven. Four of the judges will be permanently assigned to the
Oklahoma City Workers' Compensation Court, and three permanently
assigned to the Tulsa Workers' Compensation Court.
Senate Bill 609 also brings reform to the judicial
nominating process by requiring Senate confirmation of appointments
to the Workers Compensation Court and appellate courts.
“Senate Bill 609 will remove politics from
the judicial nominating process by promoting a system that reflects
more checks and balances just as our founding fathers intended,”
said Lamb. “One of the goals of Senate Republicans this
session was to bring reform to Oklahoma’s legal system.
Through the support of Senate Bill 609 today, I am encouraged
to see the beginning of that process and the accomplishment of
“Within the first year, the provisions in
Senate Bill 609 will yield a cost savings to the taxpayers of
over $400,000,” added Lamb.
Senate Bill 609 will now go before the full Senate
For more information contact:
Sen. Lamb's Office: 405-521-5632