SEOSU branch campus bill on way to governor after two-hour House tussle (access required)

If one needed evidence of how treasured local colleges are to their communities—and their lawmakers—Thursday’s two-hour-plus argument over turning the Ardmore Higher Education Center into a branch campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University couldn’t be a better example. Questions and ...

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A reminiscence … (access required)

Just saw (and heard) a lawmaker playing a few riffs on the spinet piano across from the fourth floor snack bar at the State Capitol. That takes me back to something that spontaneously occurred on rare occasions during the times when legislative ...

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Corrections reform measure passes Senate (access required)

Absent core language that would have required many prison sentences to run concurrently rather than consecutively, legislation enacting other reforms in Oklahoma corrections policy passed the state Senate Wednesday by 44-3. Part of the reasoning behind having most sentences run ...

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Repeal of municipal collective bargaining law passes second house (access required)

A House bill repealing the Oklahoma Municipal Employee Collective Bargaining Act gained approval in the Senate Tuesday, moving an important step closer to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk. The act, which grants collective bargaining rights to nonuniformed city workers, affects a ...

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Human rights, discrimination law changes spark debate (access required)

Senate bills making the Oklahoma Human Rights Commission part of the Office of the Attorney General and doing away with common law employment-discrimination lawsuits drew passionate debate in the state House Tuesday, although both measures passed. SB 763, by Sen. ...

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