Oklahoma

Flurry of Remote Sales Tax Bills in States This Year | 04-08-2016

At least a dozen states have introduced legislation in 2016 related to out-of-state, or remote, sales taxes, according to LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. Most of the bills have been aimed at expanding the definition of a state...

Education - April 11 2016 | 04-08-2016

Education in MA The MASSACHUSETTS Senate endorses SB 2203 , legislation that would gradually lift the cap on the number of charter schools in the Bay State but tie that to increased funding for all public schools. The measure now moves to the House...

Politics In Brief - April 4 2016 | 04-01-2016

High Court Denies Challenge of CO Pot Laws The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear NEBRASKA and OKLAHOMA’s challenge of COLORADO's marijuana legalization laws. The 6-2 vote means COLORADO’s first-of-their-kind cannabis laws will...

More States Oppose Obama Immigration Policy Than Support | 03-18-2016

Texas and twenty-five other states have filed suit to block President Obama’s executive actions in November shielding undocumented immigrants from deportation for three years, according to the Pew Research Center. Twelve states have filed an amicus...

Budgets In Brief - March 21 2016 | 03-18-2016

KY House Approves Constitutional Tax Hike On a 60-31 vote, the KENTUCKY House approved an amendment to the state’s Constitution this month (HB 2) that would authorize local governments to increase their sales tax by up to 1 percent to provide...

OK House Endorses Fallin Justice Overhaul | 03-11-2016

The Oklahoma House passed a four-bill package of sentencing and justice reforms backed by Gov. Mary Fallin (R). The measures would: raise the dollar amount needed to make a property crime a felony (HB 2751); allow district attorneys discretion in filing...

Fallin Bans the Box in OK | 03-04-2016

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issued an executive order (EO 2016-03) on Feb 24 making the Sooner State the 20th to “ban the box” by requiring state agencies to eliminate questions about felony convictions from employment applications. ...

Budgets In Brief - February 22 2016 | 02-19-2016

Christie Rolls Out Budget Proposal Gov. Chris Christie (R) returned to NEW JERSEY from the presidential campaign trail on Wednesday to propose a $34.8 billion budget for the coming fiscal year. That marks a $1 billion, or 3.1 percent, increase in spending...

States take action on Mental Health First Aid | 02-04-2016

During the 2013-14 legislative year, 14 states enacted bills related to Mental Health First Aid - CPR-like training to help emergency personnel, teachers and others recognize and respond to mental health disorders - according to the National Council for...

Lottery-Fixing Investigation Spreads Nationwide | 01-08-2016

Last summer, Eddie Tipton, a former security officer for the Multi-State Lottery Association (MUSL), which administers several multi-state games including Powerball and Mega Millions, was convicted of rigging a jackpot in Iowa in 2010. Now Tipton is facing...

Most States Increasing Spending in 2016 | 12-18-2015

States enacted budgets for fiscal 2016 that will increase general fund spending by an average of 4.1 percent, according to the National Association of State Budget Officers. The biggest spending bump, New York’s 14.7 percent increase, is largely...

Budgets In Brief - December 21 2015 | 12-18-2015

KY Teacher Pension Liability Tops $24B: KENTUCKY’s ailing Teachers’ Retirement System announced an unfunded liability of $24.4 billion for 2015. That sum is a nearly $3-billion increase from the $21.5 billion unfunded liability for 2014...

Medicaid Expansion Big Factor in State Insured Rates | 11-20-2015

Massachusetts had the lowest percentage of residents without health insurance last year, 3.3 percent, according to a recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau. Texas had the highest percentage of such residents, at 19.1 percent. All five of the states...

OK Dems Opening Primaries to Independents | 11-20-2015

The Oklahoma Democratic Party announced last week - on the 108th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood - that it will open its primary elections to independent voters, who have long been disenfranchised during primaries. Republican voters slightly outnumber...

Budgets In Brief - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

SC Expecting Big Budget Surplus SOUTH CAROLINA budget forecasters say the state will have an extra $1.2 billion to spend in the 2016-17 budget year. About $380 million of that sum will come from the state’s growing economy, with the rest coming...

Social Policy - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

The OKLAHOMA Supreme Court rules that a non-biological parent in a same-sex relationship who has acted as a parent has the same rights as the biological parent. The ruling came in the case of a same-sex couple who split after 10 years of co-parenting...

Potpourri - November 23 2015 | 11-20-2015

The OHIO House approves HB 48, which would allow people to carry a handgun in a school safety zone if the person has a license and leaves the weapon inside a locked motor vehicle. The measure, which would also allow universities to adopt policies permitting...

Budgets In Brief - November 16 2015 | 11-13-2015

MN Road Funding Gap MINNESOTA’s Department of Transportation has released a new estimate for the cost of repairing and expanding the state’s roads that predicts a nearly $4 billion, or 30 percent, bigger gap in unfunded road costs over...

Budgets In Brief - November 2 2015 | 10-30-2015

Severance tax exemption cost LA over $1B LOUISIANA’s severance tax exemption on horizontal oil and gas drilling cost the state over $1.1 billion in revenue between fiscal years 2010 and 2014, according to a report by the state’s legislative...

Pre-election voting restricted in many states | 09-18-2015

In most states eligible voters can cast their votes before Election Day, either by going to the polls during designated early voting periods or by voting via absentee ballot. But 30 states have no early voting period, although 13 of those states allow...

Social Policy - August 17 2015 | 08-14-2015

OH Gay Marriage The OHIO Supreme Court's Board for Professional Conduct rules that judges who perform civil marriages may not refuse to conduct a ceremony for a gay couple, nor may they refuse to do all marriages based on personal beliefs opposing...

Potpourri - August 3 2015 | 07-31-2015

The OKLAHOMA Supreme Court rejects an appeal by state officials to reconsider its June 30 ruling that calls for the removal of a monument to the Ten Commandments from Capitol grounds. The court said the presence of the monument violates a section of the...

Cut As We Say, Not As We Do | 07-17-2015

When times get tough, everyone has to just suck it up, tighten their belt and make due with less. Or so numerous state agencies in Oklahoma were told during this year’s epic effort to close a $611 million budget gap. But when Gov. Mary Fallin recently...

And Then There Is This | 07-17-2015

Speaking of Oklahoma, The state GOP is still picking bits of its giant foot from between its own teeth after likening food stamp recipients to animals last week. As News 9 also reports, the state GOP took to Facebook to compare an announcement that the...

Fallin Fights to Keep Religious Monument | 07-10-2015

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) said last week a monument to the Ten Commandments will remain in place on the Capitol grounds in Oklahoma City while state Attorney General Scott Pruitt appeals the state Supreme Court ruling ordering its removal. The Court...

Crime & Law Enforcement - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

Supreme Court Rules Lethal Injection Allowed In OK The U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of allowing OKLAHOMA to continue using a controversial lethal injection process for executing condemned inmates. The High Court rejected a plea from three death...

Social Policy - July 6 2015 | 07-02-2015

OH Approves SB 127 The OHIO Senate approves SB 127, which would bar doctors from performing an abortion after a woman has reached 20 weeks of her pregnancy. The measure moves to the House (COLUMBUS DISPATCH). Supreme Court Agrees TX Abortion Clinics...

Oklahoma Second State To Limit Local Fracking Bans | 06-05-2015

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) has made the Sooner State the second to centralize oil and gas regulation with the state and to bar cities and counties from enacting their own bans on the controversial drilling process hydraulic fracturing, or fracking...

Environment - June 8 2015 | 06-05-2015

CA Senate Approves SB 350 The CALIFORNIA Senate approves SB 350, which sets the following renewable energy goals for 2030: cutting by 50 percent the state’s use of petroleum, having 50 percent of all utility power come from renewable energy sources...

Crime & Punishment - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

GA Signs SB 8 GEORGIA Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signs SB 8, which among several things allows the criminal justice system to treat minors forced into prostitution by human traffickers as victims rather than criminals (GWINNET DAILY POST). OK Signs HB...

Environment - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

CA Approves Emergency Water Usage Cuts Faced with historic drought conditions, the CALIFORNIA Water Resources Control Board unanimously approves an emergency order mandating a 25 percent cut in urban water use, the first such cut in state history ...

Social Policy - May 11 2015 | 05-08-2015

MO Overrides Veto of SB 24 The MISSOURI Legislature overrides a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon (D) of SB 24, legislation that cuts the lifetime limit for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program from five years to three years and nine months and...

Social Policy - May 4 2015 | 05-01-2015

OK Approves HB 1007 and SB 788 The OKLAHOMA House and Senate each approve so-called “religious freedom” bills (HB 1007 and SB 788) that give civil liability protection to clergy members who refuse to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies...

Social Policy - April 20 2015 | 04-17-2015

OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signs HB 1721, which makes the Sooner State the second to ban a vacuum and dilation procedure commonly used in second-trimester abortions (ABCNEWS.COM).

Budgets In Brief - April 13 2015 | 04-10-2015

Tax collections from oil and natural gas companies in OKLAHOMA fell to $39.6 million in March, a 48 percent decline from March of last year and the lowest level since September 2002 (OKLAHOMAN [OKLAHOMA CITY]). * GEORGIA’s General Assembly passed...

Potpourri - April 13 2015 | 04-10-2015

OK Approves HB 1965 The OKLAHOMA Senate approves HB 1965, a bill that would bar Sooner State drivers from sending or reading cell phone text messages while driving. The bill returns to the House (KANSAS CITY STAR). CA Approves AB 147 The CALIFORNIA...

Governors In Brief - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

OK Issues EO 2015-17 OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) issues Executive Order 2015-17, which creates a new executive panel designed to develop a plan for improving the range and quality of services for people with developmental disabilities (LEXISNEXIS...

Health & Science - April 6 2015 | 04-03-2015

US Supreme Court Rules Against Doctors Suing Medicaid The U.S. Supreme Court rules that doctors and other medical providers can’t sue state Medicaid agencies for higher pay . The High Court ruled that the U.S. Constitution doesn’t grant...

Social Policy - March 7 2016 | 03-16-2015

Social Policy In CO Authors of so-called “right to die” legislation in COLORADO pull HB 1054 from consideration, saying they lack the votes to get it passed. The Centennial State was vying to become the fifth state to adopt such legislation...

Health & Science - March 16 2015 | 03-13-2015

Washington House Approves HB 5381 The WASHINGTON House approves HB 5381, which would allow Evergreen State police officers to alert mental health experts after reports of an attempted suicide or a suspected suicide attempt even if that incident does...

Health & Science - March 9 2015 | 03-06-2015

Utah Approves HB 94 The UTAH House gives final approval to HB 94, a so-called “right-to-try” bill that allows terminally ill patients to use experimental drugs and devices that have yet to receive full approval from federal regulators....