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Smokers could boost funding for state hospitals (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – The state’s hospital systems and many physicians are looking to cigarettes for short-term solutions. A $1.50-per-pack tax increase could provide a bridge until policymakers and industry specialists develop a pathway for ...

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House passes 3-pct. rate hike on old wells (access required)

By Catherine Sweeney The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – House Republican leadership pitched raising the oil and gas production tax 3 percentage points, but not on the wells that Democrats wanted. Democrats, protesters and several state officials have pushed for an ...

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Budget bills advance, legality questioned (access required)

By Catherine Sweeney The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – After weeks of relative quiet on the new revenue front, lawmakers finally started getting some measures out of committee, but there’s one problem: They could all be illegal. The Oklahoma Constitution states ...

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Long lateral bill passes House (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – Drill on. That was the message the Oklahoma Legislature sent Wednesday. Senate Bill 867 would expand laws for horizontal drilling, add rights for vertical well owners and create some protections for mineral ...

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Both parties agree budget process was awful (access required)

By Catherine Sweeney The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – On Tuesday, two minutes before the clock struck midnight, the Oklahoma Legislature took the first votes to pass a nearly $7 billion spending bill. Late-in-session budget bills go through special committees in ...

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Sales tax holiday could go on vacation (access required)

By Catherine Sweeney The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the state Legislature’s most recent attempts to bring in a little money has frustrated education and business advocates. Senate Bill 862 would suspend Oklahoma’s back-to-school sales tax holiday for three years. ...

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Federal grants shore up water research (access required)

By Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – Federal grants are shoring up research projects that examine creative ways to reuse water. Ada, Bartlesville, and the Oklahoma Water Resources Board received a total of $436,193 to pay for three ...

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Republican leaders pitch budget deal (access required)

By Catherine Sweeney The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – As high-ranking officials hold splashy press conferences hurling criticisms at their opposition and touting revenue packages, Oklahoma political analysts say the devil is in the details. No matter how showy elected ...

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