Law & Principles

State workforce reform advances

Members of a Senate committee have advanced legislation related to overhaul of state government workforce regulations, a goal endorsed by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
Law & Principles

‘Universal’ licensing effort advances

Two measures that would reduce occupational red tape in Oklahoma have cleared a Senate committee, including a measure to make Oklahoma the second state in the nation to offer “universal” recognition of other states’ licenses.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
Law & Principles

Donor privacy receives bipartisan support

Legislation to protect Oklahomans’ privacy when citizens support political causes has received strong bipartisan support in a Senate committee.

Ray Carter
February 19, 2020
Law & Principles

Lawmakers vote to repeal ‘threading’ regulation

Threaders remove hair from customers’ eyebrows and upper lips using simple thread. The practice does not involve the use of chemicals, heat, or wax. But in Oklahoma, threaders are nonetheless required to obtain a cosmetology license—even though the licensing process includes no training in threading.

Ray Carter
February 13, 2020
Budget & Tax, Law & Principles

Lawmakers advance funding transparency measure

Attempting to build on reforms enacted last year, members of a Senate committee voted Wednesday to require increased public reporting on the use of federal funds by state and local governments in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
February 12, 2020
Law & Principles

Environmental extremism harms the poor, speaker warns

Because his father worked for the U.S. State Department, Calvin Beisner spent part of his childhood in Calcutta, India. Walking down Calcutta streets as a child gave him a close look at true poverty, and the experience continues to shape his view of many environmental debates today.

Ray Carter
February 11, 2020
Law & Principles

OCPA legislative scorecard: watch list update (Feb. 10, 2020)

OCPA is creating a scorecard so that citizens can easily see how state senators and state representatives voted on issues related to the principles of free markets, limited government and individual initiative. This is a watch list of bills that may be included on the scorecard.

Staff
February 10, 2020
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