Borrowing $50,000,000.00 for Museums: Tulsa will get a “pop” museum


In the waning hours of the 2015 session of the Oklahoma Legislature, Senate Bill 839 – which authorizes borrowing $25,000,000.00 for a “pop culture museum” in Tulsa, was passed by the House after previous no votes. Some conservative legislators questioned the wisdom of borrowing millions for the “Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (OKPOP)” when the […]

Bingman praises legislative work


The Senate on May 22 completed the first session of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature one week ahead of schedule. Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman said the session included numerous important achievements, including the following: The creation of a system that will provide regular, independent evaluations of tax credits and economic incentives to determine which […]

Law enforcement bill about body cameras


  The Oklahoma House and Senate have both given final approval to House Bill 1037 – which creates a framework in the Open Records Act for the handling of law enforcement videos captured by body-worn cameras – by Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, Rep. Ken Walker, R-Tulsa, Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, and Sen. Marty Quinn, […]

More CLEET training for reserve officers bill


Oklahoma’s reserve law enforcement officers would be required to complete additional CLEET certified training each year under a new bill (SB 526) passed in the Senate, according to the bill’s author, Sen. Ralph Shortey. The measure would apply to Oklahoma’s more than 3,500 reserve officers who work part time and are not paid for their […]

Reading Sufficiency Act gets amended


The full Senate has given its approval to legislation modifying Oklahoma’s Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA).  Senate Bill 630, by Senate Education Chair John Ford and Rep. Dennis Casey, was approved unanimously. “The changes we are making give us the flexibility we need at the local level but is still designed to ensure Oklahoma students are […]

Bill encourages safety for child passengers


Even though Oklahoma requires adults to use child passenger restraints when their children are riding in vehicles, too many Oklahoma kids are not properly restrained, resulting in far too many injuries and deaths in our state. That’s according to Sen. Randy Bass, Senate author of House Bill 1847, which was approved by the full Senate.  […]

Resolution calls for help for U.S. veterans


Millions of Americans have served in the U.S. Armed Forces over the years and many have unknowingly been exposed to toxins that have caused harmful side effects.  Many children of veterans have been born with birth defects stemming from such exposure.  Both the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Department of Defense track […]

Extraordinary rain blankets Tulsa


Heavy rains in Tulsa and throughout Oklahoma have caused flash flooding, damaging winds and at least 25 tornadoes in May. At least three state residents have died as a result of the rash of storms and more than 800 buildings have been damaged. According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, Tulsa received more than 15 inches of […]

First case of the tick-related Bourbon virus in Oklahoma


The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has received confirmation through laboratory testing conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that a Payne County resident tested positive for a tick-borne disease caused by a recently identified virus known as the Bourbon virus. This case is the first to be detected in Oklahoma, […]

Reclaiming America for Christ conference will be July 24


Reclaiming America for Christ will host the “Rebuilding the Foundations: conference from 6:30-10 p.m. July 24 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 NE 27th St. The confirmed speakers include: Author and apologist Josh McDowell Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel KrisAnne Hall, attorney, author and constitutional […]