Tag Archives: Richard Morrissette

Shifting the debate: Edmond quake could bring policy decision home to leaders (access required)

By Dale Denwalt The Journal Record OKLAHOMA CITY – Most of Oklahoma’s earthquakes rattle rural homes far from the political and commercial epicenter of the state. Tuesday morning’s quake, however, struck at the heart of an affluent, more politically conscious ...

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Court referee to hear from both sides on Take Shelter Oklahoma ballot title challenge (access required)

Wednesday morning an Oklahoma Supreme Court referee will listen to arguments for and against Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewritten ballot title on the school storm shelter funding initiative petition backed by Take Shelter Oklahoma.

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Panel looks at federal, state funding, financing possibilities for transportation projects (access required)

With federal transportation investment stagnant over the past 25 years or so, resulting in deterioration of highways and bridges, states are looking at ways to boost infrastructure funding. That includes Oklahoma, where the House Transportation Committee heard from speakers Thursday ...

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(WILL BE UPDATED) House Democrats block emergency clauses on two special session measures (access required)

NOTE: This afternoon, the House reconsidered rejection of the emergency clauses below. We will have a further update.   Aided by a sole Republican on one measure, House Democrats succeeded Monday morning in killing emergency clauses on two of the ...

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State collection of federal taxes, cost of defending unconstitutional laws, banning texting while driving not scheduled for study in House (access required)

House Speaker T.W. Shannon of Lawton recently approved 89 of 134 interim study requests filed by members—21 of them combined with similar proposals—leaving some interesting issues on the table.

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Joint legislative panels approve $7.1 billion budget bill; trailer measures to follow on Thursday (access required)

Wednesday’s House joint committee discussion of the FY 2014 general appropriation bill echoed a note sounded frequently by minority-party members this session—the lack of an opportunity for them to have input on the measure that calls for spending $7.1 billion ...

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