Fallin, Thunder star to host fundraiser
Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma City Thunder's Serge Ibaka will host a fundraiser Wednesday in conjunction with Pros for Africa, an Oklahoma nonprofit foundation that supports children in Africa. The fundraiser will include a live auction with proceeds going to support the work of Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, including the building of schools and orphanages in Uganda and South Sudan, as well as other projects to assist children in Africa. Sister Rosemary's programs have helped more than 2,000 girls who had previously been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army, a militia group that uses child soldiers. The fundraiser will take place at the Philips Pavilion on the grounds of the Governor's Mansion. Items up for bid on include a trip for two to Africa with Pros for Africa and autographed Thunder gear. To buy tickets, contact Bill Horn at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 409-2223.
Bill targets use of welfare cards
Sen. Rob Standridge has filed a measure that would disallow the use of any welfare cash cards in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Senate Bill 667 states that no electronic benefit transfer card containing state or federal funds from programs including Temporary Assistance for Needy Families may be used in strip clubs, liquor stores and casinos. Standridge, R-Norman, said his proposal is intended to make sure the assistance money is not spent on alcohol or gambling.
Bill would OK ‘Black Friday' sales
Legislation has been filed to “Black Friday” sales and other low-price retail sales legal in Oklahoma. Under current law, which was enacted in 1941, retailers must sell products for at least 6 percent more than they paid for it. A December 2011 opinion from the state attorney general confirmed that state law bars all “Black Friday” and other low-price sales, even if they are only temporary. Senate Bill 550, by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, would change that for all products, except for fuel and prescription drugs.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU