This Shucking Legislature…

This Shucking Legislature…

We are going to “get in the weeds” this week on a rule once rigidly followed in the Oklahoma Legislature.

In prior years when a bill was cast aside, not considered in committee or not brought up in a legislative chamber, that was it – the bill was dead. This year, lawmakers are using a practice called “shucking” to resurrect ideas that failed to advance.

“Shucking” is not a typo or mispronounced dirty word. “Shucking” is a process the 2019 Oklahoma House of Representatives Legislative Manual called “a measure which has been so greatly changed from its original subject that the current language bears no relation to the original.”


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