Category Archive for: legislature

Congressman Russell Assumes Nat’l Security Oversight Chair

A congressional retirement has resulted in U.S. Rep. Steve Russell receiving his first subcommittee chairmanship and better positioned him to take over a headline-grabbing committee. Of course, any potential future committee chairmanship is contingent on Republicans keeping control of the House and Russell winning reelection in November. Russell will chair a House Oversight and Government…Read More

Opinion: Should Oklahoma Kill the Primary Runoff?

August will be a pivotal month for Oklahoma politics, with likely a record number of candidates facing off in runoff primary elections. Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians will decide their nominees on Aug. 28 in nine statewide races and more than two dozen legislative and congressional contests. But if the past is any indication, far fewer…Read More

Doctors Want Stricter Rules on Medical Marijuana

Two medical professionals — one a former state representative — told a legislative working group Wednesday that they favor stricter medical marijuana regulations. But 11 residents who addressed the working group in public comments afterward contended that the physicians’ comments prove they simply aren’t knowledgeable about the benefits of cannabis. Former Rep. Doug Cox, a…Read More

Marijuana State Question Can’t Make November Ballot

Two proposed state questions concerning legalized marijuana will not make the November general election ballot, Secretary of State James Williamson confirmed Tuesday, even if the petitions have enough signatures. “The biggest impediment was clearly the publication notice which requires 10 business days,” Williamson said Tuesday, acknowledging that time no longer remains before Aug. 27, the…Read More

Ballot Question Will Change School Funding Regs

A state question approved by the legislature that would allow school districts to use property tax revenue for teacher pay will be on the November ballot. On Thursday, Gov. Fallin issued an election proclamation that places State Question 801 on the November ballot. State Question 801 would give local school boards the flexibility and options…Read More

Lankford Joins Senators in Urging President to Keep Families Together

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), James Lankford (R-OK), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Susan Collins (R-ME) today sent a letter to President Trump, signed by a bipartisan group of more than two dozen senators, stating that the default position of the United States should be to keep families together. The letter is the first bipartisan statement…Read More

Recreational Marijuana Unlikely to Make Nov. Ballot

It is highly unlikely that two additional marijuana state questions will make the Nov. 6 general election ballot, Oklahoma Secretary of State James Williamson said Monday. State law allows for a protest to be filed with the Oklahoma Supreme Court, and “if a protest is filed, it is virtually impossible,” he said. State Question 796…Read More

House Committee Moves to Protect Faith-based Adoption

The House Appropriations Committee moved to protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies on Wednesday. The committee adopted an amendment to an upcoming funding bill that would preserve federal funding for agencies who do not want to place children with same-sex couples. The amendment was introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL).…Read More

Recreational Marijuana Over Halfway to Signature Goal

Just weeks after Oklahomans voted for medical marijuana, another initiative petition could expand the state’s laws to include recreational use. Supporters of State Question 797 began gathering signatures before the June 26 statewide ballot that saw more than 56 percent of voters approving of medical cannabis. Isaac Caviness, president of Green the Vote, hopes that…Read More