Tag Archives: Pat Ownbey

Banning youth access to e-cigarettes to get another ‘go-round’ next session (access required)

An issue that played a role in one of the more divisive last-minute House floor battles last session—prohibiting youth access to electronic cigarettes—will resurface in 2014, as two legislators vow to file a measure calling for such a ban.

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Bill that sponsor says is aimed at ensuring more professional chiefs of police in Oklahoma communities sparks questions (access required)

On the surface, SB 197 looks fairly innocuous—calling for state chiefs of police to complete a school developed by the Oklahoma Chiefs of Police Association and requiring municipal police departments to adopt policies that address at least 13 specific law ...

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Vaughan’s ban of non-hands-free teen cellphone use dies for lack of second (access required)

It is difficult enough for teenagers to learn how to drive without juggling a cellphone, Rep. Steve Vaughan told the House Public Safety Committee Wednesday. Vaughan, R-Ponca City, filed HB 1278 to address that situation. It would prohibit young people ...

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Claremore veterans center employees say they’re speaking out to help veterans, stop abuse (access required)

Veronica Nadler is a certified nurse assistant at the Claremore Veterans Center, where she has worked for two years. The center has featured prominently in allegations of neglect and abuse at some of the state’s seven facilities. It is where ...

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House leaders reveal proposals for DHS reforms (access required)

A Department of Human Services without the commission that has been its constitutional oversight body for many decades. Four citizen advisory panels to help guide the massive welfare agency as it implements reforms mandated by a federal lawsuit settlement over ...

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