Tag Archives: Richard Lerblance

The Hippie and the Marine: An extraordinary journey (access required)

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. ...

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Traditional marriage resolution sparks debate in Senate (access required)

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 ...

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First-time ever: Workers’ comp judges reviewed for Senate confirmation; Shortey asks about subpoenaing judges, seeking reasons behind decisions (access required)

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.

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Anti-abortion measures pass Senate; RU-486 restriction bill on way to Fallin’s desk (access required)

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.

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UPDATED In brief: Senate kills no-probable-cause auto stops for online insurance check (access required)

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 ...

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Senate floor substitute deletes language making Native American liaison governor’s tribal negotiator (access required)

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.

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Workers’ compensation opt-out measure passes Senate (access required)

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.

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Modified income tax cut proposal passes Senate (access required)

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 ...

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Last day of candidate filing! (access required)

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.

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