Welfare measure advances
The Senate approved a bill Monday that would prohibit the use of welfare cash cards in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, author of Senate Bill 667, said his bill is intended to help ensure public assistance is ultimately being used to support families and children who need it most. SB 667 passed 46-0. It now goes to the House of Representatives.
Senate passes bill to aid troops
A bill intended to improve care for Oklahoma National Guardsmen struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury was approved Monday in the Senate. Senate Bill 527, by Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, passed 44-0 and now goes to the House. Cain said the programs would be administered by the University of Oklahoma and would be geared to assist the spouses, parents and other friends and family members who are acting as caregivers for returning troops.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU