Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Speaker of the House Resigns

On Monday, January 28th, The Speaker of the House Lance Cargill resigned the post of speaker due to mounting pressure from within his party. His personal income tax and business property tax issues raised serious doubts over his ability to govern.

It is unclear what will happen to the legislation that has been assigned to committees this past week. There is some hope that the new speaker (probably determined by the House Republican Caucus on Monday, Feb 4th) will reassign legislation according to his/her priorities.

Currently, Nick's Law in House, HB 2459 Rep. Colby Schwartz R- El Reno and HB 3259 Rep. Anatasia Pittman D-OKC have been assigned to the House Economic Development Commitee chaired by Rep. Ron Peterson of Tulsa. This was not good news for Nick's Law in the House. Rep Peterson is a staunch opponent of health care mandates and would probably not hear the bills in committee.

In the Senate, under the leadership of Sen. Jay Paul Gumm D-Durant, SB 1537 is moving forward along with companion bills SB 1692 Sen Patrick Anderson R-Enid and SB 1498 Sen Mary Easley. We are waiting for committee assignments that will be announced on the second day of the session, Tuesday, Feb 5th.

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