Category Archive for: legislature

School consolidation remains tough political sell

Oklahoma has too many school districts and could save nearly $30 million if it had a number of districts more in line with states of similar size, according to a policy paper recently published by an education professor. In a report titled “Right-sizing Oklahoma Districts,” James Machell, dean of the University of Central Oklahoma College…Read More

Oklahoma begins new era of alcohol availability

[As of Monday], grocery stores and convenience stores across the state are selling their first bottles of wine and cases of strong beer. Liquor stores are turning on coolers to refrigerate products previously sold at room temperature. Mergers and acquisitions between distributors within the state become official — the landscape has changed. All of these…Read More

Candidates for Governor Square Off in Debate

The Democrat trying to capture the governor’s seat in Oklahoma said Monday his government experience is a benefit, but he also quickly pointed out that it’s been eight years since he’s held office in the red state where a dozen incumbents have already lost primary elections this year. Drew Edmondson, a 71-year-old former attorney general…Read More

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