A bill filed by House Speaker Kris Steele is aimed at reducing crime, corrections costs and the state’s prison population by enacting a package of criminal justice reforms. “This bill does a lot,” said Steele, R-Shawnee. “But more than anything, ...Read More »
Tulsa businessman John Olson, a Democrat, announced Monday that he will oppose First District U.S. Rep. John Sullivan in the upcoming 2012 election for that congressional seat. Sullivan, 34, owns a market research and organizational development company, Advantage Business Resources, and ...Read More »
Director Howard Hendrick told the Oklahoma Human Services Commission this morning that he will be stepping down as of Feb. 29. “If I don’t stop now, I won’t stop for a long time,” an emotional Hendrick told the panel. He ...Read More »
It was one of the most bitterly debated issues last session and is on the table again this year: abolition of the Indian Affairs Commission and creation of a Native American liaison, for whom one of the qualifications is a ...Read More »
An action taken by the state Ethics Commission Friday afternoon—to allow lobbyists to feed groups of legislators once per session without it counting toward their $100 aggregate limit and without reporting which lawmakers attended—has already drawn the attention of a ...
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Corporations and organizations that set up committees to solicit funds to make independent expenditures during election campaigns—usually to fund ads criticizing political candidates—would be required to disclose the names of donors under a proposal approved Friday by the Oklahoma Ethics ...Read More »
House Republicans said Thursday they plan to build on last session’s success by consolidating more state agencies and services and continuing pension reform. “Last year was a watershed moment for us from a fiscal conservative standpoint,” said House Speaker Kris ...
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Proposed House ethics panel rule would allow disciplinary actions to be issued against former members
Under a proposed jurisdictional rule being considered by the new House Ethics Committee, the panel could review complaints against individuals no longer in the House. The rule would give the committee authority to review alleged violations of the House Code ...Read More »
A measure filed by Rep. Ben Sherrer, D-Chouteau, is targeted at preventing employers from misclassifying workers as independent contractors to avoid carrying workers’ compensation insurance, as well as payment of unemployment and other taxes. “There are at least two states ...Read More »
For a second time, the Oklahoma Supreme Court turned down Sen. Jim Wilson’s legal challenge to last year’s state Senate redistricting plan on Tuesday. “[T]he district court properly dismissed Senator Wilson’s petition because he has failed to state a claim ...Read More »