Oklahoma Capitol Briefs

www.newsok.com Modified: February 4, 2010 at 12:09 am •  Published: February 4, 2010
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Panel favors spending plan

Taxpayers would be able to see how education dollars are spent under a proposed measure that passed out of a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 1633 by Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, would require all school district spending to be online. The Web site would be similar to the Brogdon’s 2007 Taxpayer Transparency Act, which created a Web site to show how the state spends tax dollars. SB 1633 must next be considered by the full Senate Appropriations Committee.

UCO would host office
The University of Central Oklahoma could be the home of the medical examiner’s office under a bill that passed a Senate subcommittee on Wednesday. Senate Bill 1337 would move the office from its current location near the OU Health Sciences Center to UCO’s Forensic Science Institute in Edmond. Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, filed the bill in hopes that a change in location would help improve the troubled office. Sykes said efforts to move the office have been in discussion for several months are not a result of recent troubles at the office. He said the move could add more capacity, one of the issues reviewers cited in revoking office accreditation in June.

Drug test bill gets support
Drug tests would be required for people requesting aid from the Department of Human Services under a bill that passed out of a Senate subcommittee Wednesday. Ongoing Coverage: Capitol

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