Bridenstine votes to save unborn babies


The U.S. House passed the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act on May 13 with U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Oklahoma, voting for the bill. “I believe that all human life is sacred and begins at conception,” Bridenstine said. “ I am very pleased to help pass this legislation, the first law protecting human life before […]

Bingman wants state-funded pop museum in Tulsa


Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman has introduced legislation that would provide funding for construction of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, better known as OKPOP. Senate Bill 839 would provide a $25,000,000.00 bond issue for construction of the facility. It failed to pass the Senate by one vote Monday but Bingman will seek another […]

Seizing asset bill


Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, filed Senate Bill 838, (Personal Asset Protection Act) which is aimed at reforming a practice known as civil asset forfeiture which the government uses to seize assets like cash and vehicles alleged to be part of a larger crime. “With civil asset forfeiture, the concept of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ […]

Prisoner transfer


Governor Mary Fallin signed into law a measure designed to streamline the process of transferring prisoners from county jails to Department of Corrections (DOC) custody. When a person is sentenced to prison, they are held temporarily in county jail before being transferred into DOC custody to begin their prison sentence. DOC relies on county sheriffs […]

Storm victim help


A new law requested by Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak aims to protect Oklahoma storm victims. Senate Bill 439, signed by Gov. Mary Fallin, ensures transparency and accountability in the insurance adjusting process, said Doak. “After a natural disaster, storm survivors are vulnerable. This new law will protect Oklahomans by making sure all public adjusters […]

Sexual predators


Calling it a victory for Oklahoma children in rural communities, State Sen. AJ Griffin said she was pleased that Gov. Mary Fallin had signed legislation into law to better protect kids throughout the state from sexual predators. Griffin, R-Guthrie, is the principal author of Senate Bill 167, co-authored by Rep. Dennis Casey, R-Morrison, in the […]

Good Samaritan


OKLAHOMA CITY – Anyone breaking into a locked vehicle to rescue a child could not be sued, if a measure approved by both houses of the Legislature is signed into law. House Bill 1902 passed unopposed in both the House of Representatives and the Senate. HB 1902 would immunize from civil liability anyone who breaks […]

Fewer Americans claim Christianity


America has fewer Christians, according to a study released by the Pew Research Center. The Christian share of the U.S. population has dropped, while the number of U.S. adults who do not claim any religion is growing, according to the Pew Research Center. While liberal Christian denominations seem to have aged and lost membership, there […]

AAA predicts a 5 percent increase in Memorial Day travel


AAA projects a surprising 5.3 percent increase in the number of Oklahomans who will hit the highway over the long Memorial Day holiday weekend this year compared to last year. “Gas prices have been rising lately but they’re still more than $1 below where they were one year ago,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA […]

Blue Bell continues plant cleanups


Blue Bell Creameries have collected about 8 million gallons of ice cream and ice cream products from retailers, institutions and other outlets in the United States and internationally as part of its effort to assure consumers of the safety of its products after the discovery of Listeria (bacteria) in its ice cream. The Blue Bell […]