| Jari Askins (D)|
Chris Benge (R)
| Glenn Coffee (R)|
| January 3, 2009-January 4, 2011|
The Fifty-second Oklahoma Legislature was the meeting of the legislative branch of the government of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City from January 3, 2009, to January 4, 2011, during the second two years of the second administration of Governor Brad Henry. It was the first session in state history where the Republican Party has controlled both houses of the legislature.
Organizational day: January 3, 2009
First regular session: February 2, 2009 – May 29, 2009
Second regular session: February 4, 2010 – May 30, 2010
52nd Oklahoma Legislature Wikipedia
Previous: 51st Legislature • Next: 53rd LegislatureAbortion - HB 1595 prohibited a mother from having an abortion based solely on the sex of the child.
Health care - HB 1127 provided $7 million to allow the Oklahoma State University Medical Center to continue to operate.
Sales tax exemption - SB 318 created a gradual elimination of the state sales tax on groceries.
Silver Alert - HB 2030 creates an alert system for senior citizens who have gone missing, similar to the Amber Alert used to find missing children.
Tort reform - HB 1603 required Oklahomans wishing to file a medical malpractice lawsuit to prove before a third party that the case is not frivolous.
Charter schools - SB 834 would have allowed school districts to easily convert schools into charter schools, a move that would exempt them from most state mandates. The legislation was vetoed by the governor.
Embryonic stem cells - HB 1326 would have made it a crime for a scientist to perform any form of embryonic stem cell research, but was vetoed by Governor Brad Henry.
Insurance - HB 1312 would have mandated insurance coverage for children with autism. It failed to get enough votes for passage in the Oklahoma Senate.
Term limits - HJR 1022 would ask voters to vote on term-limits for all statewide elected offices. The legislation failed in committee.
English-only - HJR 1042 asked voters whether or not to make English the official language of Oklahoma.
Voting - SB 4 asked voters to decide whether or not to require voters to produce a state-issued ID at the polls.
Workers compensation - SB 609 allowed voters to decide whether or not to require workers compensation judges' appointments to be confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.
President of the Senate: Jari Askins (D-Duncan)
President pro tempore: Glenn Coffee (R-Oklahoma City)
Majority Leader: Todd Lamb
Assistant Floor Leader: Brian Bingman
Assistant Floor Leader: Mike Mazzei
Assistant Floor Leader: Clark Jolley
Whip: Mike Schulz
Whip: Cliff Branan
Whip: Anthony Sykes
Caucus Chair: John Ford
Democratic Leader: Charlie Laster
Assistant Floor Leader: Jay Paul Gumm
Assistant Floor Leader: Sean Burrage
Assistant Floor Leader: Tom Adelson
Assistant Floor Leader: Tom Ivester
Assistant Floor Leader: Richard Lerblance
Whip: Susan Paddack
Whip: Debbe Leftwich
Whip: Roger Ballenger
Whip: Charles Wyrick
Caucus Chair: Kenneth Corn
Speaker: Chris Benge
Speaker Pro Tempore: Kris Steele
Majority Floor Leader: Tad Jones
First Assistant Majority Floor Leader: Ron Peters
Caucus Chairman: John Wright
Majority Whip: Mike Jackson
Democratic Leader: Danny Morgan
Democratic Floor Leader: Mike Brown
Whip: Ben Sherrer
Caucus Chairman: Chuck Hoskin