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Capitol week in review (April 14-18) (access required)

This was a fairly light workweek for both legislative houses, more so for state senators, who took Thursday off for a long Easter weekend.   This produced, as it almost always does, some good-natured (and some not so) ribbing from their House colleagues about senators’ slacker ways. Among the latter were some pointed remarks about the Senate killing so many …

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State justices clarify part of new workers’ comp law (access required)

Because the new Workers’ Compensation Commission created last session has no jurisdiction to review orders or awards prior to Feb. 1 of this year, it cannot review an order or award made by the Court of Existing Claims for an injury occurring before that date, the unanimous Oklahoma Supreme Court held Thursday.

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‘Dead’ on Tuesday, Quality Workforce measure resurrected on Thursday—sort of (access required)

A Senate bill that drew several questions from House members on Tuesday—and was ultimately defeated—was back on tap Thursday. Then, SB 1639 stalled.

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State justices urge Court of Criminal Appeals to consider execution stays in lethal-injection drugs case (access required)

Clayton D. Lockett is scheduled to be executed next Tuesday, Charles F. Warner a week later—and the two are no closer to resolution of their lawsuit challenging the state’s lethal-injection procedure.

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Flood of questions derails bill requiring AG to be notified of all constitutional-challenge lawsuits (access required)

SB 1907 is the briefest of measures—but that is no guarantee of a smooth passage. Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha, found that out Wednesday in the state House.

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House Democrats, education officials decry education funding, mandates, high-stakes testing (access required)

House Democrats and several school officials Wednesday voiced their concern about cuts in common education funding, increased unfunded mandates and increased reliance on high-stakes testing within the state system.

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Bill phasing in no-smoking policy in vet centers passes, with some objecting to putting mandate on state veterans (access required)

Veterans living in state facilities set aside for them would be allowed to continue to smoke under a bill approved by the House Wednesday—for a time.

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March general revenue drops more than 9 percent below estimate (access required)

March collections to the General Revenue Fund amounted to $412.8 million, which is 0.3 percent less than last March and 9.1 percent below the official estimate used to establish the state budget, according to data from the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.\

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(UPDATED) Dank: New report shows that film rebate program is a ‘waste of taxpayer dollars’ (access required)

(See update at end of this article:) A new economic impact report from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows that the state’s film rebate program “is a bad deal for Oklahoma,” Rep. David Dank said Tuesday.

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Chamber, bar association duke it out over JNC appointment changes (access required)

As of Tuesday afternoon, almost 1,600 individuals had signed an online petition backed by the Oklahoma Bar Association calling upon Gov. Mary Fallin and the legislature not to allow SJR 21 to become law.

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