Comp change goes to HouseThe House Judiciary Committee passed Senate Bill 609, which would change how judicial appointments are made to the Workers’ Compensation Court. The bill, which now goes to the House, would require that gubernatorial appointments to the court be approved by Senate confirmation.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU
Mom-to-be bill advancesA bill that states a pregnant woman is legally justified in using deadly force if she "reasonably believes” an attacker is "threatening her unborn child” and "use of force or deadly force are immediately necessary to protect her unborn child” won passage Monday from the House Judiciary Committee. The measure goes to the House. MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU
Title holder salutedSenators honored 2008 Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Cartwright on Monday. Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, was the author of a resolution to honor Cartwright’s accomplishments. Cartwright, a student at Oklahoma City University, received a $16,000 scholarship. She competed in the Miss America pageant in Las Vegas in January. Cartwright is from Collinsville. JULIE BISBEE, CAPITOL BUREAU
Animal plan wins supportA bill that would allow the state Agriculture Department to make rules about living conditions for livestock has passed a Senate committee. House Bill 2151 passed the Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee on Monday. A similar Senate bill has passed the Senate. HB 2151 goes to the full Senate. JULIE BISBEE, CAPITOL BUREAU
Grad coaches proposedA House bill that would create a graduation coach program for at-risk students passed the Senate Education Committee. The measure now goes to the full Senate. JULIE BISBEE, CAPITOL BUREAU