Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, just formally apologized in the House chamber for remarks she made last week during debate on an affirmative-action measure. At the time, Kern said, among other things, that there may be more African Americans in ...Read More »
The legislator who is tackling tax credits and Oklahoma’s tax code this coming summer is adding another “noncontroversial” issue to his platter: What he sees as out-of-line salaries of school superintendents, particularly those who oversee districts with fewer than 500 ...Read More »
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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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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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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »
Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said Wednesday that the House and Senate have a budget framework in place and are waiting to hear from Gov. Mary Fallin’s office to hear her proposals. “They’re evaluating what we sent them,” ...Read More »
With one senator calling it a “do nothing” bill, senators gave quick passage to an immigration measure as their last bill of the week just before lunch on Wednesday. Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, said he had amendments that would ...Read More »
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 ...Read More »