Education, Family & Community

Great-grandmother seeks educational opportunity for at-risk children

Born in 1952, Linda Lewis did not envision being a caretaker for two young children during her golden years. But when her grandson was incarcerated and the mother of her great-grandchildren ran afoul of the Department of Human Services, she became the legal guardian for two of her great-grandchildren.

Ray Carter
February 24, 2020
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
Health Care

Mental health spending could face scrutiny

While Oklahoma state government has increasingly spent more money on mental health treatment, it appears lawmakers have struggled to keep track of that spending and if it has generated positive results, based on legislation that has advanced through a Senate committee.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
Budget & Tax

State savings could increase

Less than two years removed from a series of major state shortfalls, members of a Senate committee have voted to raise the cap on a state government savings fund, advancing a key priority of Gov. Kevin Stitt.

Ray Carter
February 21, 2020
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
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