Oklahoma becomes third state this year to consider stripping its state Supreme Court of power of judicial review

First it was New Hampshire, then Tennessee, now Oklahoma’s legislature is considering removing the power of its state courts to strike down statutes as unconstitutional.

Under the recently introduced SJR 84, the state’s Supreme Court would be banned from reviewing any law enacted by the legislature. However, unlike the other states, this proposal does allow for an “Ad Hoc Court of Constitutional Review” to rule on. The amendment, in full, reads:

The Supreme Court shall not have the power of judicial review over the constitutionality of laws enacted in this state. An Ad Hoc Court of Constitutional Review shall be created to rule on the constitutionality of such enacted laws.

There is no indication of how this “Ad Hoc Court of Constitutional Review” would be formed, its membership, or any other details.

The amendment has been prefiled in the Senate awaiting the legislature’s return to session next week.

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