Oklahoma Capitol briefs for April 5

Oklahoma Capitol briefs for April 5
Oklahoman Modified: April 4, 2013 at 11:15 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013
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Teacher background bill cleared

The House passed a bill Thursday that would keep full-time and substitute teachers from having to provide a national criminal history background check if the teacher has a copy of a background check that was done within five years. The teacher also would have to provide a letter from the previous school district that the teacher left in good standing. Senate Bill 244 passed 53-32. It now goes to the governor.

Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau

Oklahoma recognized for conservation efforts

Oklahoma has been ranked first in the nation in controlling harmful nutrients in the state's streams and rivers. State Agriculture Secretary Jim Reese and state Environment Secretary Gary Sherrer made the announcement Thursday as part of Agriculture Day activities at the Capitol. It's the second year in a row Oklahoma was ranked No. 1 and the fourth year for the state to rank in the top 10 states.

Michael Mcnutt, Capitol Bureau