Oklahoma

Citizen Initiatives Push Ballot Measures Left This Year | 10-14-2016

In addition to state legislative elections that could flip party control of 18 chambers across the country, 157 statewide ballot measures will also be contested in 35 states on Nov. 8. The measures include an unusually high number of citizen initiatives...

Social Policy - October 10 2016 | 10-07-2016

Social Policy In Oklahoma The OKLAHOMA Supreme Court rules that a 2015 law ( SB 642 ) that would have made it a felony for someone to help a minor obtain an abortion without parental consent is unconstitutional. The court ruled that the law, which...

States Sue To Block Federal Overtime Rule | 09-30-2016

Twenty-one predominantly Republican-governed states have filed a federal lawsuit challenging a new Obama administration rule extending mandatory overtime pay to millions of American workers. The rule, which was finalized in May and takes effect in December...

Business - September 19 2016 | 09-16-2016

Business In Oklahoma The OKLAHOMA Supreme Court rules that a 2013 law giving Sooner State employers the power to “opt out” of the state workers’ compensation system and write their own plans is unconstitutional. The law, which supporters...

Public Pension Return Rates Lagging In States | 08-19-2016

Investment returns for large public pension plans in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2015 were significantly lower than the plans’ assumed rates of return, according to money management news source Pensions & Investments . The one-year return...

Budgets In Brief - August 22 2016 | 08-19-2016

Medical Marijuana Could Give Big Budget Boost to OH Annual medical marijuana sales in OHIO , legalized by Gov. John Kasich’s (R) signing of HB 523 in June, could reach $400 million in two or three years, making the state one of the nation’s...

Most States Allow Transportation Network Companies | 08-12-2016

Thirty-seven states have passed laws regulating transportation network companies (TNCs), according to the R Street Institute and LexisNexis State Net’s legislative tracking database. The most recent addition to that group is Delaware, where Gov...

Texas et al Win Challenge To Obama Immigration Policy | 07-15-2016

Twenty-five states joined Texas in challenging President Obama’s executive actions on immigration policy in November 2014, expanding temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants. Fifteen states also filed amicus, or “friend...

Little Correlation Between Gun Laws and Worst Mass Shootings | 07-08-2016

Three of the eight states where the deadliest mass shootings since 1984 have occurred - California, Connecticut and New York - are among those with the strictest gun laws, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. None of those shootings took...

Federal Judge OKs OH Voter Purge | 07-01-2016

A federal judge ruled last month that Ohio Secretary of State John Husted (R) had the authority to purge thousands of inactive voters from the state’s voter rolls. The American Civil Liberties Union had alleged that Husted’s policy of removing...

Hoop Bribery | 06-17-2016

Kevin Durant of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder is set to become a free agent soon. As one of the league’s best players, he is for sure gonna cash in big time. But while teams in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago or Dallas might be able to offer...

Business - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

CA Approves AB 1676 The CALIFORNIA Assembly approves AB 1676 , which bars employers from asking job applicants for their salary histories. The measure is now in the Senate (LEXISNEXIS STATE NET). PA Gov Signs HB 1690 PENNSYLVANIA Gov. Tom Wolf...

Budgets In Brief - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

OK Revenues Hit 6-Year Low OKLAHOMA Treasurer Ken Miller reported last week that state revenues fell to a six-year low in May, with collections in every major revenue category, including income taxes, sales taxes, motor vehicles taxes and taxes on...

Social Policy - June 13 2016 | 06-10-2016

OK Gov Signs HB 2797 OKLAHOMA Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signs HB 2797 , which requires Sooner State education officials “to establish, operate and maintain a public information program to educate the public about the humanity of a child in utero”...

Crime & Punishment - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

AZ, OH, OK Delay Executions Pharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer announces it will enact protocols to ensure states are no longer able to use drugs it provides as part of carrying out a lethal injection execution. At least 20 other U.S. and European...

Health & Science - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

NC Approves SB 734 The NORTH CAROLINA Senate approves SB 734 , which allows the state’s Health Director to issue a statewide standing order making the anti-overdose drug Naloxone and other “opiod antagonists” available in drug stores...

Social Policy - May 23 2016 | 05-20-2016

OK Approves SB 1552 The OKLAHOMA Senate approves SB 1552 , legislation that would outlaw all abortions and subject providers to a loss of license and jail time. It moves to Gov. Mary Fallin (R) for consideration (OKLAHOMAN [OKLAHOMA CITY]). KS Gov...

Majority of States Looking at Daily Fantasy Sports | 05-13-2016

Thirty-three states have considered legislation related to daily fantasy sports this year, according to LegalSportsReport.com and LexisNexis State Net legislative data. DFS bills have been passed in four states, including Virginia, which enacted two....

OK Governor Signs Justice Reform Package | 04-29-2016

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed a quartet of bills last week aimed at reducing the Sooner State’s burgeoning prison population. Oklahoma leads the nation in incarceration rate for women and is second nationally for men. The measures,...

Budgets In Brief - May 2 2016 | 04-29-2016

Internet Tax Bill Advances in OK The OKLAHOMA Senate passed an amended version of HB 2531 last month that will require out-of-state companies to provide Oklahoma customers a statement at the end of the year indicating the amount of their purchases...

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...