Posts Tagged:stitt

Oklahoma Republican lawmakers eye abortion restrictions in new legislative session

The fight to end abortion continues for Oklahoma Republican lawmakers. Last year, Oklahoma passed five laws restricting abortions. Three of those laws were blocked by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. This legislative session, expect new bills intended to restrict abortions in the state. One potential bill would make abortion a felony, and doctors could face imprisonment…Read More

Gov. Kevin Stitt commutes Julius Jones’ sentence to life without possibility of parole

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that he has commuted Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones’ sentence to life without the possibility of parole. Jones was sentenced to death for the 1999 murder of Edmond businessman and father Paul Howell. The death row inmate has maintained his innocence and has garnered national attention. Stitt’s decision comes more…Read More

Trump White House official calls on Stitt to grant Julius Jones clemency

Mercedes Schlapp, the White House Director of Strategic Communications under Trump, called on Governor Stitt to spare Julius Jones’ life. “We are pleading, praying for the Governor of Oklahoma to make the right decision,” Schlapp said. “I think it’s really important to be able to bring in the people who know Julius and can talk…Read More

Republican lawmakers call for Gov Stitt to grant clemency for Julius Jones

A group of Republican lawmakers are now calling on the governor to grant clemency to Julius Jones just seven days before his scheduled execution. Representatives John Talley, Logan Phillips, Kevin McDugle, Preston Stinson and Garry Mize released a joint statement on Thursday, some saying there are too many loose ends in the case to sentence…Read More

Gov. Kevin Stitt orders Health Department to stop issuing nonbinary birth certificates

Gov. Kevin Stitt has ordered the Oklahoma Health Department to stop issuing gender-neutral birth certificates. After Oklahoma issued its first nonbinary birth certificate last month, Stitt signed an executive order Monday to block the state from issuing more birth certificates with an “X” gender marker. In the order, Stitt said that by issuing a gender-neutral birth certificate, the health department…Read More

Gov. Stitt signs 9 pro-life bills into law

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt and several lawmakers held a ceremonial bill signing Thursday for nine anti-abortion laws. The laws include banning abortions if a doctor can detect a fetal heartbeat, and only doctors board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology can perform an abortion. All nine bills and their authors are listed below: SB 918 restores Oklahoma’s…Read More

STITT APPOINTS NEW STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a former Trump judicial nominee, longtime Tulsa attorney John O’Connor, to serve as the attorney general of Oklahoma. O’Connor said he would work “with our governor and Legislature to bring honest, outstanding governance to Oklahomans” and expressed a willingness to fight in court to reverse some high-profile U.S. Supreme Court…Read More

School choice bill headed to governor

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives have passed a significant expansion of a school-choice program that has benefited thousands of low-income students, sending the measure to Gov. Kevin Stitt to be signed into law. “These opportunities are real,” said House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, “and they change the trajectories of peoples’…Read More