Oklahoma lawmakers are exempt from most of the state's open record and open meeting laws, yet they require other public officials in cities and towns to abide by them. On the other hand the Capitol is going smoke free, but progress has been slow on a bill that would give municipalities more leeway to do the same.
These are the sort of battles, often ideologically driven, that have gone on forever in government and continue today here and around the country.
We're seeing them at the federal level, where Republican attorneys general including Oklahoma's Scott Pruitt are tangling with the Democratic administration over states' rights. Pruitt has joined his colleagues to contest a federal rule involving health insurance offered by religious employers, and he has challenged the national health care law now before the Supreme Court.
Tennessee lawmakers are also considering whether to keep local governments from creating worker benefit standards that exceed state requirements. The genesis was one county's law that set minimum wages for government contractors. Talk about the importance of local control goes out the window, one critic told stateline.org, when a policy preference gets in the way.