UCO would host officeThe 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 supportDrug 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. People who refuse a drug test or test positive wouldn’t be able to receive Temporary Assistance for Needy People, under Senate Bill 1392, filed by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore. Tamya Cox with the ACLU said the bill is unconstitutional. Cox said the bill is "very offensive” in requiring those who receive benefits to be tested. The bill will now be heard by the full committee. The title has been removed, and a bill needs a title to become law.
Bill targets dropout rateLegislation that would help curb high dropout rates in Oklahoma was passed unanimously Wednesday by the House Common Education Committee. House Bill 2863, by Rep. Samson Buck, D-Ardmore, would require schools to warn parents of fifth- through seventh-grade students of early signs that a student may eventually drop out. The bill advances to the full House. CAPITOL BUREAU