Oklahoma City, OK 73105
For Immediate Release: April 6, 2016
Statement on HB 3162 passing out of Senate Rules Committee
Senate President Pro Tem
Brian Bingman released the following comment after the Senate
Rules Committee approved a bill to reform the Judicial Nominating
“The current judicial nominating commission puts too much
power and influence in the hands of the state’s trial attorneys.
The anti-business tone of the court is a constant reminder of the
need for judicial reform.
“Reforming the judicial nomination process takes away the
outsized influence of trial lawyers and puts power into the hands
of the citizens of Oklahoma by allowing the Legislature to approve
judicial nominations. Equally important, these reforms will allow
the governor to select judicial appointees from a more diverse and
qualified list of attorneys.
“I thank the members of the Senate Rules Committee for approving
the bill and look forward to continuing work on House Bill 3162
as it moves through the process.”—Senate President Pro
Tempore Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa
Bingman is principal Senate author of HB 3162. Speaker Jeff Hickman,
R-Fairview, is principal House author. The measure now goes to the
full Senate for consideration.
For more information,
Sen. Bingman: (405) 521-5780