Good Government

State could investigate city officials under proposed law

What if they held an election and no one abided by the results? The community of Bennington found out in recent years when voters ousted a mayor but the mayor refused to leave office, according to Rep. Justin Humphrey.

Ray Carter
February 19, 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
Higher Education

College due process issues addressed by legislation

College students facing potential expulsion would be guaranteed due-process rights comparable to those provided in a court proceeding under legislation approved by a state Senate committee.

Ray Carter
February 19, 2020
Education

Student privacy concerns raised due to bill’s passage

Legislation imposing new reporting mandates on a school-choice program has passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives even though the legislation does not include specific student-privacy protections that ensure compliance with federal law.

Ray Carter
February 18, 2020
Health Care

The immorality of ‘free’ federal money

Oklahoma must expand welfare in order to get more federal dollars—this a common argument for the Obamacare Medicaid expansion. It makes sense, unless you have all the facts.

Trent England
February 18, 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
Education

Marijuana tax could pay for school buildings

Oklahoma schools with limited or no local property tax funding would receive marijuana tax revenue to help cover building costs under legislation approved by a Senate committee on Wednesday.

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
Good Government

Citizen-engagement privacy is essential

If you can’t speak anonymously or join confidentially, you have no zone of privacy and the state has no limits.  

Amy Anderson
February 12, 2020