• Oklahoma legislators move to revisit vetoed legislation from Gov. Fallin's entire time in office

    By: Lynn Casey

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    • Oklahoma legislators say they want to revisit vetoed bills from the eight years that Gov. Mary Fallin has been in office.
    • They typically only review bills from the current year when they call a special session.

    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oklahoma legislators say they want to revisit bills that Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed during the eight years she has been in office.

    Wednesday, they told FOX23 they do not believe anyone has ever made a similar move in the state’s history.

    Since Fallin was elected in 2010, legislators have overridden three vetoes and attempted to override around a dozen others.

    Legislators usually only go back into special session and attempt to override bills from the current year when they call the session. They have not attempted to go further back than that.

    Officials say any legislator can try to bring back any of the 133 bills that Fallin vetoed. They would reportedly have to write the vetoed legislation as a new bill send it back to Fallin if it passes. At that point, she would have the option to sign it or veto it. If she were veto the proposed legislation, it would return to the legislature, where a 2/3 vote in both houses could override Fallin’s veto and make the bill law.

    Legislators said they specifically want to bring back what’s called the “constitutional carry” bill. They said they are also considering pro-life bills, bills relating to parental rights and budgeting bills from previous years.

    Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) has started the process to call the legislature back into the special session. So far, around two dozen legislators have signed on. They need 2/3 of both the Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Senate to agree for the session to take place.

    Legislators said they will wait to see if Oklahoma State Question 788, which deals with medical marijuana across the state, passes before they call the session, because they say they would already have to go into special session to write legislation for the state question. Dahm told FOX23 it would save the state money to do both sessions concurrently.


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