Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Judge L. Brad Taylor, of Tulsa, to serve as presiding judge of the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court. Taylor, whom Fallin appointed to the workers' compensation court earlier this year, succeeds Judge Michael J. Harkey as presiding judge on the court. Harkey will continue to serve on the panel. As part of a state law that passed and was signed into law last year, the governor is required to appoint a new presiding judge to serve a two-year term beginning Jan. 1. The workers' compensation court resolves legal disputes involving those injured in the workplace. In addition to presiding over all meetings of the court, the presiding judge also has other supervisory responsibilities relating to such areas as personnel, budgetary and financial management.
House Democratic Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, announced his leadership team Thursday for the upcoming legislative session that starts in February. Inman named Rep. Ben Sherrer, D-Chouteau, as minority floor leader. Sherrer will serve directly under Inman and will be in charge of maintaining contact between House Democratic leaders and members. Rep. Chuck Hoskin, D-Vinita, was named minority whip, who is charged with marshaling support for positions on the floor. Inman named Rep. Cory Williams, D-Stillwater, the assistant minority whip. Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, was appointed deputy minority floor leader and Rep. Curtis McDaniel, D-Smithville, was named minority caucus secretary.