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CORRECTIONS REFORM GOES TO GOVERNOR
Landmark corrections legislation designed to relieve widespread fiscal and social strains caused by Oklahoma’s nation-leading incarceration rates is headed to the governor.
Bill Introduced to Eliminate Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff
U.S. Senators Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) today introduced the Ethanol Subsidy and Tariff Repeal Act, which will fully eliminate the Volumetric Ethanol Excise Tax Credit (VEETC) and fully repeal the import tariff on foreign ethanol. Cosponsors also include Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD), Richard Burr (R-NC), Jim Webb (D-VA), Susan Collins (R-ME), and James Risch (R-ID).
School Grade Bill Headed to Governor
Legislation requiring that Oklahoma school districts be issued letter grades based on student performance was sent to Gov. Mary Fallin today to be signed into law.
Gang Bill Will Have Unintended Consequences
A bill requiring Oklahoma school officials to report suspected gang members to law enforcement officials could easily lead to innocent students being targeted, said state Rep. Mike Shelton, who called on the governor to veto the measure.
Senate Passes Legislation to Improve Payment of Death Benefits to the Families of Retired Teachers
Under legislation approved by both the Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives and now headed to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk, the family members of a deceased member of the state teacher’s retirement system could opt to have that money go directly to a funeral director or business and have that funeral business pay taxes on the benefits.
House Finishes Busy Deadline Week
This week was a busy one as we reached the deadline for approving Senate measures on the House floor.
Several significant bills have either advanced or have even been signed into law.
HOUSE MAKES HISTORY WITH MEETING
History was made Wednesday when the House of Representatives for the first time held a public conference committee meeting as required by House rules.
Pittman Angered by Double Suicide of Bullied Children
State Rep. Anastasia A. Pittman today said she is horrified by the recent Minnesota tragedy of two eighth grade girls being bullied to the point of suicide.
Lawmakers Praise Governor for Signing Gun Rights Law
“I greatly appreciate Governor Fallin for standing up for the self-defense rights of law-abiding citizens,” said Vaughan, R-Ponca City. “Unfortunately, current law did not make clear that business employees can defend themselves with lethal force when their lives were threatened. Now, those workers will not have to fear jail time if they shoot a robber.”
House Votes to Recreate Ardmore Higher Education Center
“Southern Oklahoma deserves increased opportunities for higher education and House Bill 1227 will provide those opportunities,” Ownbey, R-Ardmore said.
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