Archive for: February, 2021

House passes Equality Act, which bishops warned would ‘punish’ religious groups

The House on Thursday passed the Equality Act, a bill that the U.S. bishops have warned would trample religious freedom protections while codifying gender ideology in federal law. By a vote of 224 to 206, the House passed the Equality Act only six days after it was introduced on Feb. 18. The legislation, sponsored by…Read More

Oklahoma House lawmakers vote to keep ‘ghost students’ at bay, expand school transfers

House lawmakers voted to expand transfers between public schools and to limit the “ghost students” that could appear as a result. House Bill 2074 and 2078, written as complimentary bills, passed votes on the House Floor on Wednesday. Both bills now move on to the state Senate. Republicans hailed the legislation as education reform that…Read More

‘3F’ scholarship bill narrowly advances

Members of a state House committee have narrowly approved legislation that would allow students at Oklahoma’s worst public schools to receive state scholarship funding to attend private schools. Opponents said those students should not be allowed such options and argued school-funding increases are more important than parental control, voting against the bill even though it…Read More

Lankford, Colleagues to President Biden: Withdraw Becerra Nomination to Serve as HHS Secretary

Senator James Lankford (R-OK) today joined Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), Representative Dan Bishop (R-NC), and 73 other Members of Congress today in a letter urging President Joe Biden to withdraw California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s nomination to serve as the next Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS). In part, the members wrote, “We write…Read More

USCCB: Equality Act would ‘punish’ religious groups opposed to gender ideology

The U.S. bishops’ conference (USCCB) has come out in opposition to the Equality Act, which was introduced in the U.S. House on Thursday. The bill, introduced by Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), would recognize sexual orientation and gender identity as protected legal classes in a variety of areas including housing, education, and public spaces. Critics have…Read More

Judge halts South Carolina fetal heartbeat abortion ban after Planned Parenthood sues

A federal judge on Friday temporarily halted South Carolina’s law banning most abortions if fetal heartbeats are detected roughly 24 hours after it was signed by the governor. U.S. District Court Judge Mary Geiger Lewis placed a two-week temporary restraining order on the law ahead of a March 9 hearing that will determine a preliminary…Read More

What to know about Oklahoma’s redistricting process as Census delays create complications

One of the most important issues Oklahoma lawmakers face this year is redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative districts for the next decade. But it’s likely the redistricting process won’t be complete during the regular legislative session that runs from February through May. Senate Minority Leader Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, predicted it could take months…Read More