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All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Wade Rousselot’

Legislators come down on both sides of measure outlining model policy for schools to allow students freedom of religious expression; opponents say bill is not needed and will intrude on local authority (access required)

Its author says that HB 1940 is aimed at blocking instances of discrimination against students’ freedom of religious expression that have occurred in other states. Opposition lawmakers say not only is it unnecessary under federal court decisions, but it will amount to intrusion of the state into local school authority.

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Panel approves Rousselot bill to allow adult adoptees access to original birth certificates (access required)

Adult Oklahoma adoptees would be allowed to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate under a measure by Rep. Wade Rousselot, D-Wagoner, which was approved Monday by the House Human Services Committee. “This has to do with opening up adoption records that are currently sealed,” Rousselot told the panel.

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Changes in joint rules concern some House members (access required)

State representatives from both sides of the aisle questioned Thursday one particular change in the joint rules that govern the House and Senate—removal of language referencing the single-subject rule outlined in the Oklahoma Constitution.

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Republicans hope to regain 70-member hold on state House (access required)

On the eve of the general election, Oklahoma Republicans find their majority in the state House pared to 67-31—a sizeable lead, but one shy of being able to block emergency clauses without Democratic help.

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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 alleged abuse and neglect of children in foster care. A new structure in which divisions that are in charge of …

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Rousselot bill to freeze GRDA raw water sale rates passes subcommittee unanimously (access required)

Under a bill that gained passage out of the House A&B Subcom. on Natural Resources and Regulatory Services Monday, the Grand River Dam Authority would be prohibited from raising rates on raw water sales for five years. In a humorous bow to the controversial tone some water issues have taken this session, Rep. Wade Rousselot briefly explained his HB 2398 …

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2012 issues: Grand River Dam Authority (access required)

 Municipalities shoulder 87 percent of the debt of the Grand River Dam Authority because they buy that percentage of GRDA‘s generated power, yet they have only one voice on its seven-member board of directors, Mannford town administrator Mike Nunneley said Monday. “Anything that happens at GRDA is funded by my ratepayers,” Nunneley told the Joint Legislative Task Force on the …

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Steele appoints House panel to develop DHS reform strategy (access required)

After a series of recent deaths of children under its custody, the Department of Human Services has been hit with stiff criticism on several fronts, including sharp words from House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee. “We believe that government’s primary purpose is to protect its citizens,” Steele said Wednesday. “We believe that government has a responsibility to always help and never hurt. …

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