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Retired Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Steven W. Taylor, pictured in 2017, has been named a special master to try to work out a dispute between state lawmakers and the state attorney general over a pending $85 million settlement agreement between the state of Oklahoma and opioid maker Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc. The Oklahoman file

NORMAN — Steven W. Taylor, a retired chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, has been named a special master to try to work out a dispute between state lawmakers and the state attorney general over a pending $85 million settlement agreement between the state of Oklahoma and opioid maker Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc.

Last week, Gov. Kevin Stitt and leaders of the Oklahoma House and Senate filed an amicus brief in Cleveland County District Court demanding that the proceeds be paid into the Oklahoma state treasury in accordance with a new state law.

In their legal brief, Stitt, House Speaker Charles McCall and Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat argue that the Oklahoma Legislature gets to decide how the money will be spent.

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