Oklahoma GOP senators have judges on their radar

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: February 27, 2013
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A separate resolution seeks to give the governor a bit more clout in choosing judges. Presently the state's Judicial Nominating Commission vets candidates and provides the governor with three names to choose from. Jolley would like to see the governor pick judges directly, with input from the commission. Senate confirmation would be needed.

Jolley's third resolution would, if voters approve, let the governor choose the chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The justices now make that selection.

Abolishing the Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Court, the top priority of Senate leadership, stands to significantly change business costs for the better. The other proposed judicial changes may not be as consequential, but they're interesting ideas that deserve lawmakers' consideration.

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