IT’S OVER! (Unless it’s not) (access required)

Both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature left the State Capitol before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon, with no intention of coming back next week—but they didn’t adjourn. House and Senate leaders agreed to recess the 2011 session Friday, leaving sine die ...

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If I never hear again … (access required)

Phrases and terms I will not miss if I never them again (or, at least not until session convenes next year): “Geological area” (as opposed to “geographical area”?): During discussions of the redistricting process for redrawing House and Senate district ...

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Measure to abolish Indian Affairs Commission lacks only governor’s signature (access required)

A majority of senators followed their House colleagues today in approving HB 2172, which abolishes the Oklahoma Indian Affairs Commission and creates a Native American liaison post to be filled by gubernatorial appointment. Several senators debated against the measure. Sen. ...

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Guns on career tech campuses given final OK (access required)

If Gov. Mary Fallin signs HB 1652, Oklahomans with concealed-carry permits will be allowed to take handguns onto career-tech center campuses. The state Senate gave final approval to the measure late Thursday morning on a vote of 35-12. Licensees would ...

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Bill abolishes Indian Affairs Commission, creates liaison in governor’s office (access required)

Oklahoma, a state with 39 federally recognized Native American tribes, will have a liaison in the governor’s office instead of a nine-member Indian Affairs Commission if HB 2172 becomes law. It is well on its way, having passed the House ...

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Consolidation measures finalized (access required)

It’s turning into Consolidation Wednesday in the Oklahoma Legislature today. At almost the same time, the Senate approved HB 1304, which consolidates state agency information technology functions and purchases into the office of the Chief Information Officer within the Office ...

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