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Water issues surface: From usage to quality to transfers, lawmakers request interim studies (access required)

By M. Scott Carter The Journal Record More than two years after the Oklahoma Water Resources Board completed its comprehensive water plan, several state lawmakers have requested new studies of water quality, its use and how water resources are transferred.

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Storm shelter initiative may stress general fund (access required)

By TIM TALLEY  Associated Press Oklahoma budget writers say an initiative petition to install storm shelters and safe rooms in every Oklahoma public school could over-stress the state’s biggest and most critical revenue fund and slow the flow of tax dollars for vital public services.

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School storm shelter group kicks off new signature drive (access required)

By Marie Price Officials with Take Shelter Oklahoma plan to launch their new initiative petition drive to fund storm shelters in schools with a $500 million bond issue on Friday, July 4.

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People: Monies to head up new chamber workforce foundation (access required)

Jennifer Monies, press secretary and senior adviser to Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, is assuming a new role on July 7 as executive director of the Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative, a foundation established by The State Chamber.

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In brief: Jackson to join State Chamber as strategic partner VP (access required)

State House Speaker Pro Tem Mike Jackson, R-Enid, is joining The State Chamber as vice president of strategic partners, the organization announced Monday.

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People: McNiel joins Tulsa Chamber as government affairs VP (access required)

Rep. Skye McNiel of  Bristow, who is not seeking re-election, will join the Tulsa Regional Chamber on July 14 as senior vice president of government affairs, officials announced Friday.

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Reaction mixed to Fallin’s signing of Common Core measure (access required)

Reaction continues to Gov. Mary Fallin’s decision to sign a bill that repeals the Common Core education standards and requires the state to develop its own standards.

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Canadian chief justice says her country and United States share rich, troubled history with tribal nations (access required)

Canada has more than 600 tribal nations, the U.S. more than 500, with almost 40 of the latter in Oklahoma. Both countries have a rich history involving sovereign entities that in Canada are First Nations.

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Not everyone is happy with leadership budget accord for FY 2015 (access required)

From House budget panel members balking at having to say grace over a $7.12 billion general appropriations bill minutes after receiving it to advocates for particular issues and programs, many of those commenting on the budget agreement rolled out Friday were something less than happy.

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Gross production tax issue remains unresolved as session nears adjournment (access required)

Whether to allow the gross production tax break for horizontal wells to expire next year—taxing their production at the same level as vertical wells, 7 percent—or levy a lesser tax on all production is still up in the air as the 2014 legislative session moves closer to its mandated adjournment date of May 30.

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