Tension Increasing Between Legislature, judiciary

Sep 14, 2013

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A recent five-day special session for the Oklahoma Legislature to overhaul the state's civil justice code ruled unconstitutional by the Oklahoma Supreme court highlights what many see as growing tension between the two branches of government.

Several lawmakers in the increasingly conservative Legislature are growing more vocal about their exasperation with the court that has struck down numerous laws as unconstitutional.

Edmond Republican Senator Clark Jolley is pushing for a state question to change how judges are selected and impose term limits for appellate judges. House Speaker T.W. Shannon also hasn't been shy about bashing the state's highest court and its recent ruling as "politically based."

Governor Mary Fallin didn't immediately endorse any of the proposed changes, but says she's open to looking at what the Legislature suggests.