During the hectic final week for the House to consider bills that originated in that chamber, members found the time to approve a bill barring local governments from adopting or implementing policy recommendations established by the United Nations Agenda 21. Agenda 21 is a nonbinding, voluntarily action plan that deals with sustainable development. The bill also would ban the state from contracting with or exchanging funds with a nongovernmental or intergovernmental group accredited by the U.N.
The vote was 67-17 in favor. Thank goodness that got done!
This session's No. 1 priority is an overhaul of the workers' compensation system. It's a worthwhile objective, because the system is in dire need of repair. Wholesale changes would benefit Oklahoma businesses and workers. But far too much of the business, particularly in the House, has been notable for its triviality.
What we need more of is legislation driven by ideas that might make a difference for Oklahomans. What we need less of are bills driven by ideology that won't make any difference.