Updates: HB 1593 and HB 1227 (access required)

Two measures that prompted fairly passionate debate on both sides met opposite fates under Gov. Mary Fallin’s pen on Friday. The governor signed HB 1593, which repeals the Oklahoma Municipal Employee Collective Bargaining Act. The measure by Rep. Steve Martin, ...

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Capitol week in review (April 25-29) (access required)

Both legislative houses took Thursday off this week, with the House’s week ending in a session where Rep. Sally Kern’s late-Wednesday night debate on an affirmative-action ballot proposal drew criticism from both insides and outside of the Capitol (See post ...

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Pension commission adopts reform slate to tackle $16 billion unfunded liability (access required)

Eight recommendations for how to reform Oklahoma’s pension systems, which face a total unfunded liability of around $16 billion, will be presented to state leaders this session by the Oklahoma State Pension Commission. The panel adopted the reforms Thursday. State ...

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Kern issues apology for remarks on House floor Wednesday night (access required)

Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, issued an apology Thursday morning for remarks she made on the House floor Wednesday evening on a ballot proposal that would do away with preferential treatment based upon race, gender or certain other characteristics. Kern ...

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Lawmaker seeks lawsuit over legality of tax credits, possible recapture of funds (access required)

A state lawmaker has asked Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt to file a lawsuit seeking a court ruling on whether several questionable tax credits are unconstitutional and if the state can recapture them. Recapture would reverse the effect of credits on tax ...

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Amendment bans beneficiaries of state closing fund from giving to campaigns (access required)

Business prospects that receive aid from the Oklahoma Quick Action Closing Fund created by HB 1953 would not be allowed to contribute to political parties or candidates under an amendment added to the bill in the Senate Wednesday morning. The ...

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