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August 5, 2013

Re-enact Comprehensive Legal Reform Legislation

This letter to the editor originally appeared in The Oklahoman on August 3, 2013:

“Fix bill in regular session” (ScissorTales, July 20) stated that there’s no need to expedite the process of a special session to address a recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decision that invalidated comprehensive legal reform legislation that passed in 2009. On behalf of the U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, I disagree. The reform legislation, House Bill 1603, represented an important step to improve Oklahoma’s litigation climate — a critical factor that affects key business decisions such as where to locate or do business.

It’s vital that the Legislature re-enact HB 1603 with haste. Indeed, in one fell swoop, the Oklahoma Supreme Court has thrown out important laws that businesses have relied on over the past four years. And it goes without saying that an unstable legal system will inevitably lead to more litigation, increased costs and unnecessary burdens.

Lisa A. Rickard

Washington, D.C.

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