Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dank Threatens Suit If Legislation Not Read Entirely

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Dank Threatens Suit If Legislation Not Read Entirely

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If the full House goes along with a committee vote which would not require legislation to be read at length before passage, Rep. Odilia Dank, R-Oklahoma City, said Thursday that she will file a lawsuit in the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Dank says the Oklahoma Constitution prohibits any measure from becoming law unless it is read at length.

Members of the House Rules Committee turned down an amendment Dank wanted to attach to House Resolution 1007, by Rep. Russ Roach, D- Tulsa. The change would have deleted language that provides for the alternatives of giving each House member a printed copy of a bill or electronic access to legislation. "The only way you can satisfy the constitution is to give each one of us a copy of the bill and time to digest it," Dank told the committee. In January, Attorney General Drew Edmondson issued an opinion to Dank holding that it is not necessary that legislation be read orally from beginning to end to comply with the constitutional requirement. Edmondson and Assistant Attorney General Andrew Tevington said this mandate can be met by providing each member of the House with copies of measures before the vote on final passage. Dank has introduced a measure that would prohibit consideration of legislation for final passage until every member legislator has a copy of it and at least 24 hours to read it. …

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