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  • Tulsa County undersheriff accuses Mayor Dewey Bartlett of 'malicious' slander

    BY KEVIN CANFIELD, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Little was decided at Friday's Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority meeting but a lot was said — much of it incendiary. Undersheriff Tim Albin accused Mayor Dewey Bartlett and City Attorney David O'Meilia of malicious and unethical behavior when they questioned whether the Sheriff's Office...

  • While Inhofe throws snowball, little town in Oklahoma plays big role in climate debate

    BY MICHAEL OVERALL, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    Nearly two hours west of Bartlesville, on a prairie flat enough to see the town's water tower from half a county away, Lamont has a dwindling population of just 417 people. Less than half a mile wide, four Lamonts would fit inside of downtown Tulsa, with plenty of room left over. But Thursday,...

  • Bill to restrict Oklahoma Open Records Act is withdrawn

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Yesterday

    Rep. Claudia Griffith, D-Norman, said an amendment passed in committee radically changed the original intent of Oklahoma House Bill 1361 and that she never intended to “gut the Open Records Act.”

  • Bill allowing liquor stores to sell cold, high-point beer passes committee

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A Senate panel on Thursday passed a measure that would allow liquor stores to sell refrigerated, high-point beer. Senate Bill 383 by Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, advanced from the Senate Business and Commerce Committee by a vote of 10-0 and heads to the Senate floor. Bice...

  • Controversial bills giving Oklahoma a black eye, Tulsa Regional Chamber says

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Feb 26, 2015

    A rash of controversial bills being heard at the Capitol has the rest of the nation thinking Oklahoma is backward, says Skye McNiel, a Tulsa Regional Chamber spokeswoman. Those bills range from a proposal to abolish AP history courses in public schools; to a so-called “hoodie” bill , which...

  • Two sentence reform bills pass out of state House committee

    BY GRAHAM LEE BREWER, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Two bills aimed at reforming sentences for nonviolent and drug offenders passed through the state House Criminal Justice and Corrections Committee on Wednesday.

  • Judge rules Humane Society can keep more than 21 documents secret

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    The Humane Society of the United States must turn over one contested document and portions of two others to the Oklahoma attorney general’s office, but will be allowed to keep the contents of more than 21 other documents secret, an Oklahoma County district judge ruled Wednesday.

  • Ginnie Graham: Conversion therapy law misses facts, opinions from the mainstream

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    I couldn't help but listen to the 40-minute discussion from Tuesday among lawmakers about conversion therapy, which refers to practices to change people from gay to straight. It's also known as reparative therapy, ex-gay therapy and sexual orientation change efforts. In many communities,...

  • Oklahoma House panel approves measure that could lead to abolishing end-of-instruction

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    A Senate panel on Wednesday passed a measure that could lead to the abolishment of end-of-instruction exams. But a few lawmakers said it could lead to the teaching of Common Core standards, which were repealed last year. Read the rest of this story at TulsaWorld.com .

  • Gay conversion therapy bill clears Oklahoma House committee

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Rep. Sally Kern says the debate comes down to those who believe homosexual tendencies are present at birth and those who believe these feelings are subject to change.

  • Sexual assault response bill passes through Oklahoma House committee

    By Graham Lee Brewer, Staff Writer | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A measure that would allow school districts to develop rape and sexual assault response programs for both staff and students passed unanimously through an Oklahoma House committee Tuesday. The bill is being backed by the group Yes All Daughters, which helped organize a student protest at Norman...

  • School voucher bill OK'd by committee, heads to full Senate

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    A bill allowing public education dollars to go to private schools is headed to the full Senate. Senate Bill 609, by Sen. Clark Jolley, R-Edmond, on Tuesday passed the Senate Finance committee by a vote of 8-6. The measure, dubbed the “Oklahoma Education Empowerment Scholarship Act,” allows...

  • Oklahoma mental health commissioner to keep court informed

    By Nolan Clay, Staff Writer | Updated: Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    Oklahoma County District Judge Ray C. Elliott dropped contempt-of-court proceeding after Oklahoma Mental Health Commissioner Terri White promised Elliott will be notified promptly if a mentally incompetent criminal defendant is not provided treatment in a reasonable time.

  • Oklahoma treasurer says he will sue state to protect unclaimed property beneficiaries if Legislature passes bill

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Oklahoma treasurer says he will sue state to protect unclaimed property beneficiaries if Legislature passes corporate-backed bill

  • Manhattan Construction selected for Capitol interior work

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Interior construction should begin next year, while exterior work will begin in the spring.

  • Former Sen. Tom Coburn wants Oklahoma lawmakers to participate in convention to alter U.S. Constitution

    By Rick M. Green, Capitol Bureau | Published: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, who left the Senate two years early and is fighting prostate cancer, wants legislators to approve a resolution to have Oklahoma participate with other states in a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution. An overly powerful federal government must be reined in, he said.

  • Water transfer bill worries southeast Oklahoma residents

    By Silas Allen, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Feb 23, 2015

    A bill in the Oklahoma Senate could set up a water fight between eastern Oklahoma and the drought-stricken west.



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