Oklahoma Capitol updates

Oklahoma Capitol updates for May 17, 2012
Published: May 17, 2012
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BILL UPDATES

Guns

At stake: Senate Bill 1760 prevents the governor or any local official from confiscating firearms and ammunition during a declared state of emergency, such as after a natural disaster or a terrorist attack.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

Military

At stake: Senate Bill 1814 creates the Oklahoma Gold Star Medal to be awarded to members of the military who voluntarily performed a deed of bravery or self-sacrifice during combat occurring after Sept. 11, 2001, that resulted in their death.

What happened: Signed by the governor.

What's next: Takes effect Nov. 1.

State spending

At stake: Senate Bill 1701 would have exempted the Oklahoma Military Department from all mandatory statewide contracts.

What happened: Vetoed by the governor.

MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU