May 2017

Brumbaugh’s bill passed

 

Rep. David Brumbaugh’s House colleagues unanimously passed a Senate bill he sponsored before his death April 14. Senate Bill 191, by Sen. Roger Thompson, R-Okemah, expedites simple Open Records requests. Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, presented the bill and said it was typical of the policies Brumbaugh pursued. “It is an honor to present this bill […]

Stolen painting returned?

 

On April 24, the University of Oklahoma released a statement that claimed that the painting “La Bergere reentrant des mountons” had returned to France. Several years ago, it was discovered that this painting was stolen by Nazis during World War II. The rightful owner to the painting, Leone Meyer, eventually had to sue the university […]

Human trafficking bill

 

A bill to strengthen Oklahoma’s human trafficking laws and better protect underage victims was signed into law.  Senate Bill 34, by Sen. Kim David and Rep. Scott Biggs, provides that lack of knowledge of the age of the victim does not constitute a defense for the human trafficking of a minor. There are different types […]

Senate OKs gambling

 

A bill that would increase lottery prizes to increase gambling in Oklahoma is headed to the governor’s desk. The Senate on passed House Bill 1837 by a vote of 36-10. The vote is seen as a reaction to projected a $878 million budget hole in the next fiscal year’s budget. Current law requires the lottery […]

Health insurance bill

 

The Oklahoma House unanimously passed a bill that will allow individuals to purchase health insurance from any state participating in a yet-to-be-determined compact. The bill passed by a vote of 80-0. Senate Bill 478, by state Rep. Lewis Moore and Sen. Bill Brown, will allow the Oklahoma Insurance Department to compact with other states in […]

Westside families object to TPS consolidation proposals

 

Tulsa School Superintendent Deborah Gist met with parents last week at Webster High School to explain why the only three schools targeted for closure were in West Tulsa. Gist’s proposal would eliminate three of the seven schools in the Webster feeder group. Those schools are Park Elementary, Remington Elementary and  Early Childhood Development Center-Porter, with […]

Opioid abuse prompts new lawsuit­

 

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – The Cherokee Nation filed a lawsuit against McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health, Inc., AmerisourceBergen, CVS Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc., and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., charging the companies with failing to prevent the flow of illegally prescribed opioids to men, women and children in the Cherokee Nation. This lawsuit seeks to hold distributors and […]

State newspapers are cutting back

 

Oklahoma newspapers continue to close, publish less often and merge. The Tulsa World announced last month that it was laying off 28 workers. The publisher blamed “a changing dynamic of the media business” and a “struggling” Oklahoma economy. On February 22, the Tulsa World parent company stopped publication of the Broken Arrow Ledger. The Miami […]

New system ends A-F report cards

 

Oklahoma School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister praised the state Senate for approving a new accountability system for public schools.  House Bill 1693, authored by Rep. Scott Martin and Sen. Gary Stanislawski, passed the House last month and was approved by the Senate on a 31-13 vote. It now heads to the governor’s office for her signature. […]

Riverside controversy keep churning

 

On March 1, the City of Tulsa put up signs warning people to “abandon the park use and public use” on 8.8 acres being considered for development at 71st  Street and Riverside Drive. That action took effect on April 6. The city and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority (TPFA) then took steps to ensure that the […]