February 2017

Pastor Jeffress doesn’t hesitate to speak about Jesus Christ

 

If you watch Fox News, Dr. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, is a familiar face. Jeffress is unafraid to speak out on his faith in Jesus Christ and how the Bible treats the hot button issues of our day. And now his show, Pathway to Victory, is heard every weekday at […]

Lamb, conservative Republicans say no Fallin tax plan

 

A massive tax increase proposal by Gov. Mary Fallin has drawn opposition from conservative Republicans, including Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb. Lamb announced his resignation from Fallin’s cabinet, where Lamb has served as the state’s Small Business Advocate, one of many roles the lieutenant governor fills. This resignation does not affect Lamb’s role as Lt. Governor. […]

Special election July 11th

 

Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a special election to fill the vacancy in House District 75 caused by the irrevocable resignation of Rep. Dan Kirby. His resignation will become effective March 1. The filing period for the special election is Feb. 27 and 28, and March 1. The special primary election is set for May 9 […]

Six teacher pay raise bills

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education heard six measures to raise teacher pay last week. Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, chairs the subcommittee. He said with 48 members, there were several different ideas of how much the raises should be and how to pay for it. “Six different pay raise bills […]

Problem of student violence

 

  Student violence towards other students, teachers and school staff in Oklahoma’s elementary schools is a growing problem. Retired educator Sen. Ron Sharp is the author of Senate Bill 81 to address the issue by lowering the grade level from sixth to third at which students can be subject to out-of-school suspension for violent behavior […]

Cyber attack on state agency

 

The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) did not pay a ransom as a result of recent cyber incident, an investigation by Oklahoma CyberCommand, an arm of OMES Information Services, confirmed. The cyberattack was discussed in a recent during a House of Representatives Government Modernization Committee meeting. The incident in question was a […]

Proctor’s marijuana bill

 

A bill by Rep. Eric Proctor, D-Tulsa, under consideration in the Oklahoma Legislature would legalize medical marijuana for patients with some conditions, including cancer and HIV. Proctor said several constituents from his district had to leave Oklahoma for marijuana for medical use. House Bill 1877 proposes that medical marijuana should be made available to patients […]

Untaxed money abroad?

 

Each year, millions in untaxed money is wired out of the United States to other countries including from Oklahoma. The Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 547 last week to charge a fee on international wire transactions for individuals who do not present valid personal identification. Sen. Paul Scott, the principal author, said he filed […]

Fourkiller accepts decision

 

State Rep. Will Fourkiller denies making any inappropriate comments to a House page, but he has agreed to accept sanctions. “I take this matter very seriously and want to take steps to avoid even an appearance of impropriety,” Rep. Will Fourkiller, D-Stilwell, wrote in a letter delivered to House Speaker Charles McCall. A special House […]

Real ID passed in House

 

Legislation to bring Oklahoma licenses into compliance with federal law was approved with a 78-18 vote by the Oklahoma House of Representatives. House Bill 1845, by state Rep. Leslie Osborn, creates a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or identification card for the state of Oklahoma. Individuals may also opt to retain their noncompliant licenses or identification […]