It was the late 1960s. He was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps serving a tour in the Vietnam War. She was a self-described hippie protesting the war. Their paths would not cross until more than three decades later. ...Read More »
Although it has no force of law—and Oklahoma voters have already approved a constitutional proposal defining marriage as between one man and one woman—Sen. Clark Jolley said Monday it was time to clarify that stance with a vote on a ...Read More »
First-time ever: Workers’ comp judges reviewed for Senate confirmation; Shortey asks about subpoenaing judges, seeking reasons behind decisions
In a meeting that more than one senator termed historic, the Senate Judiciary Committee Tuesday recommended confirmation of four attorneys nominated by Gov. Mary Fallin to serve eight-year terms on the Workers’ Compensation Court.Read More »
House bills authorizing civil actions if certain abortion requirements are not met and placing restrictions on the use of RU-486 passed the Senate Tuesday—the latter measure now on its way to the desk of Gov. Mary Fallin.
Tagged with: Brian Crain cause of action Charles Laster Clark Jolley Constance Johnson damages HB 2381 HB 2561 HR 1054 Jim Wilson Judy Eason-McIntyre Kim David Marie Price Mary Fallin Paul Wesselhoft Richard Lerblance Rick Brinkley RU-486 Steven VaughanRead More »
UPDATE: Senators just reconsidered the following measure, struck title, and passed the bill 29-8. Striking title assures it will go to conference to address members’ questions, many of which focused upon unconstitutional search and seizure issues. By a vote of ...Read More »
Senate floor substitute deletes language making Native American liaison governor’s tribal negotiator
Senate debate grew passionate Tuesday against a floor substitute to HB 2563, which would remove language designating the Native American liaison as the Oklahoma governor’s negotiator with state tribes on compacts and other agreements.
Tagged with: Al McAffrey blood-quantum cabinet Clark Jolley Constance Johnson HB 2563 Josh Brecheen Judy Eason-McIntyre Marie Price Mary Fallin Native American liaison negotiate Richard Lerblance Steve Russell tribal memberRead More »
A House measure that would allow some Oklahoma businesses to opt out of the state workers’ compensation system and offer alternative plans for injured workers passed the Senate Wednesday by 28-17.
Tagged with: Anthony Sykes Brian Bingman Charles Wyrick Cisco Harry Coates HB 2155 Hobby Lobby Jim Wilson John Sparks Marie Price Oklahoma Injury Benefits Coalition opt out Ralph Shortey Richard Lerblance Sonic Steve Edwards workers' compensationRead More »
Perhaps illustrating the reality check that some state leaders have acknowledged when it comes to support for a major income tax cut this session, a tax-reduction measure came out of the Senate Tuesday substantially changed. Under Sen. Clark Jolley’s floor ...Read More »
Well, candidate filing closed out Thursday about on track (number-wise) with four years ago, the last comparable election cycle. To exceed the 2008 three-day total, more than 67 people must file for federal, state or legislative office today.
Tagged with: Charles Laster Corey Holland Jerry Buchanan Judy Eason-McIntyre Marie Price Mary Fallin Paul Ziriax Phil Richardson Richard Lerblance State Election Board Tom Adelson Tom Prince Wes HilliardRead More »
Friendly group of folks in line for first day of filing (in mid-April this year, during session!) First in line? As (almost) always, a cheerful Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City.Read More »