Oklahoma County judge permanently blocks abortion-related ultrasound law (access required)

Enforcement of a 2010 Oklahoma law that requires women about to undergo an abortion to submit to an ultrasound procedure was permanently blocked from enforcement Wednesday by Oklahoma County District Judge Bryan Dixon. Granting summary judgment for Nova Health Systems, ...

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House Rules panel passes recycled container initiative measure (access required)

A Senate measure that would create a working group within the Department of Environmental Quality to study the recycling issue—including increasing the use of recyclable containers and reducing the part containers play in the solid waste stream—was passed unanimously by ...

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Measure requiring heads of appropriated agencies to be appointed by governor fails in House Rules Committee (access required)

Populist Oklahoma’s gubernatorial system was established with a weak structure on purpose, Rep. Cory Williams said Wednesday. “It seems lately we’ve been doing our best to reverse that,” Williams, D-Stillwater, told the House Rules Committee, referring to measures that consolidate ...

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‘Personhood’ measure on way to House floor (access required)

The “Personhood Act,” which expresses the legislative finding that human life begins at conception, passed out of the House Public Health Committee Tuesday on a vote of 7-4. The measure, SB 1433, by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Lisa ...

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State agency energy conservation program could save up to $500 million over decade, panel told (access required)

Implementation of a state facilities energy conservation program could result in $300 million-$500 million in savings over a 10-year period, Rep. Scott Martin told the House Energy and Utility Regulation Committee Tuesday. The program, to be overseen by the state ...

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