Oklahoma Bill Would Let Citizens Overturn High Court

Legislators unhappy with Oklahoma court rulings have threatened or drafted legislation for a grab-bag of responses, including impeaching judges, electing judges and tampering with the appointive system that’s in place. Now they’re trying an out-of-the-box idea.

A bill introduced in the legislature this week would allow Oklahoma citizens to overturn certain rulings of the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Under the proposed constitutional amendment, according to Gavel to Gavel, “Any decision of the state‚Äôs supreme court regarding the constitutionality of a law would be subject to an override by popular vote.” The provision would not apply to the state’s Court of Criminal Appeals. Gavel to Gavel is a publication of the National Center for State Courts, a Justice at Stake partner organization.