Oklahoma Capitol news briefs for Feb. 19, 2013
Oklahoma Capitol news briefs: Feb. 19, 2013
Hunger bill advances
The House Human Services Committee passed a measure Monday that would allow patrons of senior nutrition project sites to take home leftover food. House Bill 1418 passed 9-0 and now goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will decide whether it will get a hearing in the full House. Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, said federally funded senior nutrition sites do not allow patrons to take home leftovers because of food safety concerns. The measure also would allow unserved restaurant food to be distributed to homeless shelters and agencies, and churches that provide meals for the hungry.
A bill that collects existing state law into a parents' bill of rights won committee approval Monday. The House Human Services Committee passed House Bill 1384. After passing 6-3, the measure goes to the House Calendar Committee, which will decide whether it will get a hearing in the full House. Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, assured committee members that the bill would result in no additional cost to public school districts. She said the bill states that it is the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing, education, health care and mental health of their children.