Unlike some of the other lawsuit reform bills that passed with little argument, a provision that it take effect upon the governor's signature was not passed, meaning it will go into effect 90 days after the end of the session.
At a Tuesday news conference, Fallin said she and her staff have been reviewing the 23 bills passed by the Legislature during the special session to make sure they will hold up.
“I think they've addressed all of the issues that the court brought up,” Fallin said. “And, so once we reviewed that, we feel like that the Legislature has made a good-faith effort to make sure that they wrote a piece of legislation that will stand up constitutionally.”
Glenn Beustring, a Tulsa-based attorney who brought the case resulting in the Supreme Court's ruling in June, said he still believes that making citizens pay for an expert's opinion as a condition for a case moving forward is wrong.
“Anything that challenges the fundamental right to access the court is going to be challenged and should be challenged,” said Beustring. “You shouldn't have to go out and hire an expert before you ever even access the courts. That's a fundamental right.”
The June decision also stated the multifaceted lawsuit reform law violated a state constitutional requirement that bills concern only a single issue. In its special session, the Legislature broke up the law into single-subject bills and passed them individually.