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Oklahoma Legislature Poised for Five-Day Finish

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House and Senate are expected to wrap up a five-day special session on Monday by passing two dozen separate bills that make numerous changes to the state's tort laws.

Bills on legal procedures in areas like medical malpractice, class-action lawsuits and product liability went through a formal reading on Friday before legislators returned home for the weekend. Lawmakers must return to the Capitol on Monday to give all the bills final passage and send them to the governor's desk.

Governor Mary Fallin on Friday said she "appreciated their expediency." The Republican governor also said she plans to sign all of the bills early next week.

Democrats have criticized Fallin and Republican leaders for the special session that costs about $30,000 each day and for not addressing other state needs.