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Move to delete spanking exception from child abuse measure tabled; bill moves on to Senate floor (access required)

Raising concerns he first voiced in the Senate Public Safety Committee last week, Sen. David Holt moved Wednesday to delete from HB 2334 language that carves out an exception in the child abuse statutes for parents using “reasonable and ordinary ...

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Marriage-promotion PSA measure amended to ban input from political consultants, organizations that receive political contributions (access required)

A measure by House Speaker T.W. Shannon that would create a statewide, publicly funded public service announcement campaign promoting marriage as a tool against poverty passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday with an amendment banning participation by political ...

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Senate Rules panel kills “American Laws for American Courts” measure (access required)

A new attempt to ban Oklahoma courts from relying on foreign law in handing down decisions was defeated Wednesday in the Senate Rules Committee.

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Bill requiring drug tests for TANF recipients passes out of Senate budget panel (access required)

Lacking a certain amendment that was added in the House, a substitute version of a bill to require recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to undergo drug testing was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday by a vote ...

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