March 2017

Congressman Jim Bridenstine to host a town hall here on April 11

 

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, will host the “Securing America Town Hall” from 6:30-8 p.m. April 11 in the ORU Mabee Center at 81st Street and Lewis Avenue. “Our country is facing multiple national challenges at home and abroad,” said Bridenstine, who represents the First District. “How we respond to ISIS, our broken healt-care system […]

Trump signs Bridenstine’s NASA bill

 

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, was a guest at the signing ceremony in the White House as President Trump signed into law S. 442, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Transition Authorization Act of 2017. “For our space program to be successful, NASA needs consistency in its mission,” said Bridenstine. “The NASA Transition Authorization Act […]

GUNS IN OKLAHOMA: Thousands expected at world’s biggest gun show

 

Oklahoma is near the top of the list when it comes to “gun politics” and reliance on the gun industry. That’s according to WalletHub’s “2017’s States Most Dependent on the Gun Industry” report. According to that study, Oklahoma is No. 11 in overall rank and No. 8 in “gun politics.” Gun and ammo sales soared […]

House passes Faught’s pro-life birth defect bill

 

A bill that seeks to ban abortions in instances of certain birth defects passed out of the House this afternoon with a vote of 67 to 16. The Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2017, House Bill 1549, seeks to prohibit abortion solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with either Down syndrome or a genetic […]

Bice pushes Sunday liquor sales

 

A measure that would give counties the option to decide whether to allow Sunday liquor store sales has won full Senate approval. Sen. Stephanie Bice began working two years ago to help Oklahomans liberalize state liquor laws and make liquor more available in groceries, convenience stores, pharmacies and other retail outlets. Brice pushed State Question […]

Bill spotlights Oklahoma’s debt

 

The Oklahoma Legislature would have a better picture of total state debt under a measure passed unanimously. Senate Bill 638, by Sen. Greg Treat, would require the State Bond Advisor and the Office of Management and Enterprise Services to produce an annual written debt affordability study to be presented to the Legislature and governor by […]

Certification mess costs the state

 

Oklahoma’s lack of a series of certifications may be keeping millions in federal transportation grants out of the state’s hands, according to State Sen. Mark Allen. Allen, R-Spiro, who chairs the Senate Transportation Committee, said expanded federal grants are available for Oklahoma’s Department of Transportation (ODOT), but the state must be Core Certified first.  Before […]

Senate OKs judicial reform

 

The Oklahoma Senate approved a handful of judicial reform bills, including measures that would change the way state judges are appointed. Sen. Anthony Sykes, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, offered several of the judicial reform measures. “Failing to enact judicial reforms continues to put Oklahoma at the mercy of a system that gives too […]

Education bills pass Senate

 

The Oklahoma Senate approved several education related bills, including measures that address teacher pay, teacher recruitment, and the reduction of administrative costs, among other issues. Sen.  Gary Stanislawski, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, authored Senate Bill 618, which modifies the minimum salary schedule and increases pay for classroom teachers. “Our teachers are so important […]

Criminal justice bills pass

 

State Rep. Terry O’Donnell authored three bills advancing criminal justice reform that passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives last week. “Our state is struggling to deal with over-incarceration,” said O’Donnell, R-Catoosa. “Oklahoma has the second highest imprisonment rate in the country and corrections currently costs the state half a billion dollars annually. These measures protect […]