Family & Community

Paycom demanded New Yorker travel to OKC despite pandemic

Even as Paycom CEO Chad Richison advocated for airline-travel restrictions in Oklahoma to reduce COVID-19 spread, the $22 billion tech company was simultaneously trying to force a former employee to travel from New York to Oklahoma for a deposition, even though New York then led the nation in viral infections.

Ray Carter
March 1, 2021
Health Care

Surprise medical billing protection clears committee

Oklahomans would be protected from having debt collectors hound them for surprise medical bills under legislation that has cleared a state Senate committee.

Ray Carter
February 26, 2021
Law & Principles

Professional licensing reforms advance

House lawmakers have advanced two similar bills supporters say will reduce the barriers to entry in Oklahoma’s workforce.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2021
Education, Law & Principles

Open transfer bill gains House approval

Legislation that would increase open-transfer opportunities among public-school districts gained easy approval in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, overcoming opponents’ arguments that lawmakers should instead raise taxes and increase school district spending.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2021
Family & Community

Big-tech bullying not limited to Silicon Valley

Censorship is slowly becoming the norm for big tech companies like Twitter and Amazon. But it isn't just Silicon Valley.

Staff
February 25, 2021
Education, Law & Principles

‘Ghost student’ reform passes Oklahoma House

Members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to restrict schools’ ability to receive state funding for students who no longer attend classes in the district, a practice informally referred to as “ghost student” funding.

Ray Carter
February 25, 2021
Budget & Tax

Senators seek to prevent employer tax increase

Seeking to prevent a double-digit tax increase on Oklahoma employers, members of the Senate Appropriations Committee voted unanimously to allow the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to direct millions of dollars in federal bailout funding to the state’s unemployment insurance fund.

Ray Carter
February 24, 2021
Good Government

Oklahoma lawmakers target social-media censorship

Members of the Oklahoma Senate have voted to impose new penalties on social media companies found to have engaged in the censorship of their users.

Ray Carter
February 23, 2021