… a 21-year-old drinking age has not always been the case, at least not for Oklahoma women? Until 1976, under Oklahoma law, women over the age of 18 could purchase what was then referred to as “nonintoxicating 3.2 beer,” but ...Read More »
Now that the floor-deadline dust has settled after a contentious final week in the larger chamber, House Republicans are pointing to several bill passages they’re counting in the win column for their 2011 session agenda, including among others: Three measures ...Read More »
And what a week it was. Not only were members of both houses careening along on the runaway train known as original-house floor deadline week, but dissent in one body boiled over in public and two lawmakers were hit with ...
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(Meeting all alone, the Senate having aced the original-house deadline and left the Capitol Wednesday, a day early, saving taxpayers a whopping $5,000—so says Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa) Ongoing fractiousness among the House GOP contingent (not to ...
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Wednesday evening’s publication of the premiere edition of the monthly Oklahoma Economic Report was announced by State Treasurer Ken Miller quietly, with no fanfare whatsoever, accompanied by gentlemanly remarks from Miller, a former legislator. “The treasurer’s office is excited to ...Read More »
Another immigration bill passed the Oklahoma Legislature Wednesday, this time in the Senate. Senators questioned whether SB 908 by Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, might end up in court as did the state’s original immigration law, HB 1804, particularly after ...Read More »
What a difference a day (and lots phone of time?) makes. A day after soundly turning down an amendment (32-68) by Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee, to his own bill capping noneconomic damages in lawsuits (see Tuesday post), a majority of ...Read More »
Here are some more measures still alive at the State Capitol that are sparking discussion among lawmakers and organizations on one side or another: SB 91, by Sens. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, and Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, which would require that ...Read More »
One mark against House Speaker Kris Steele’s “Right on Crime” program announced Tuesday is that it started in Texas. Another? Steele now has to sell the idea to a legislature known for a historically ingrained “lock ’em up and throw away ...Read More »
All is not well among the Republican majority in the House. A day after a third of the House took constitutional privilege rather than vote on a leadership motion to reprimand one of its members, an amendment by House Speaker ...Read More »