Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: March 11, 2009
Sen. Todd Lamb
JUDICIAL REFORM PASSES SENATE
Senate Bill 609 by Senator Todd
Lamb, passed out of the Senate Tuesday.
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.
“This is a first step in reforming a workers
compensation system in much need of overhaul,” said Lamb.
“Politics are removed from the judicial nominating process
through this legislation by promoting a checks and balances system,
just as our founding fathers intended. One of our goals as Senate
Republicans has always been to bring reform to Oklahoma’s
legal system, and I am encouraged to see the beginning of that
Lamb also said that within the first year, the provisions
in Senate Bill 609 will save taxpayers over $400,000. Senate Bill
609 will now go to the House of Representatives for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Lamb's Office: 405-521-5632