Capitol in brief
House approves plan to air
items promoting marriage
The House passed a measure Thursday that requires the airing of public service announcements promoting marriage as a tool against poverty. House Bill 1908 passed 68-16. It now goes to the governor. The Department of Human Services is expected to use existing funds to air the public service announcements. The measure would prohibit elected officials from appearing in the ads and would ban campaign and political consulting firms from being paid to produce the ads. HB 1908 originally called for taking federal money directed for food and clothing for poor families and spending it on the public service campaign, but the Senate removed that part of the measure.
State residents asked to narrow
endangered artifacts list to 10
Oklahomans are being asked to identify the top 10 most endangered artifact organizations. People may vote online to select the top 10 organizations that hold artistic and historic items and are in need of proper preservation and care. The 25 finalists are The American Organ Institute Archives and Library, Cherokee National Historical Society, Cherokee Strip Museum Association, Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center, Drumright Historical Society Museum, Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Museum of the Western Prairie, Newkirk Community Historical Society, Oklahoma Christian University Special Collections, Oklahoma City Zoo ZooZeum, Oklahoma Department of Libraries Archives, Oklahoma Historical Society Archives, Oklahoma Historical Society, Oklahoma Railway Museum, Oklahoma Territorial Museum, Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, Philbrook Museum of Art, Pioneer Woman Museum, Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Stillwater Public Library, The American Pigeon Museum and Library, Tulsa Air and Space Museum and Planetarium, Washington Irving Trail Museum, Western Plains Weatherford Genealogical Society & Western Oklahoma Historical Center Inc. and the Will Rogers Memorial Museum. More information as well as online voting is available at www.culturalheritagetrust.org.
MICHAEL MCNUTT, CAPITOL BUREAU