Capitol week in review (April 18-22) (access required)

There could be only four weeks of the 2011 session left, instead of five, if legislative leaders get their way. Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, and House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, both say they want to let school ...

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SEOSU branch campus bill on way to governor after two-hour House tussle (access required)

If one needed evidence of how treasured local colleges are to their communities—and their lawmakers—Thursday’s two-hour-plus argument over turning the Ardmore Higher Education Center into a branch campus of Southeastern Oklahoma State University couldn’t be a better example. Questions and ...

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A reminiscence … (access required)

Just saw (and heard) a lawmaker playing a few riffs on the spinet piano across from the fourth floor snack bar at the State Capitol. That takes me back to something that spontaneously occurred on rare occasions during the times when legislative ...

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Corrections reform measure passes Senate (access required)

Absent core language that would have required many prison sentences to run concurrently rather than consecutively, legislation enacting other reforms in Oklahoma corrections policy passed the state Senate Wednesday by 44-3. Part of the reasoning behind having most sentences run ...

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