Law & Principles

Oklahoma Democrats seek removal of gender language

Democratic members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives called for elimination of gender-specific language in the House’s operating rules during that chamber’s organizational meeting on Tuesday.

Ray Carter
January 5, 2021
Law & Principles

Oklahoma House leaders promise ‘big things’

The top two leaders of the Oklahoma House of Representatives promise lawmakers will work on “big” policy measures in the pending legislative session, although they provided few specifics.

Ray Carter
January 5, 2021
Law & Principles

Ethics Commission targets ‘informational materials’

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has temporarily tabled a proposed rule that would require lobbyists and nonprofit organizations to report when they provide certain “informational materials” to state lawmakers.

Ray Carter
December 14, 2020
Law & Principles, Good Government

'Ethics Commission' vs. free speech (again)

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission is an agency set up to regulate campaign finances and lobbying of state officials. Unhappy with this narrow but important responsibility, the Commission has a history of trying to expand its own power.

Trent England
December 10, 2020
Law & Principles

GOP leaders support initiative-petition reform

Republican legislative leaders say the state’s initiative-petition process should be reformed so future amendments to the Oklahoma Constitution cannot be sent before voters thanks primarily to funding from out-of-state interest groups that mostly gather signatures in urban areas.

Ray Carter
December 10, 2020
Education, Law & Principles

Attorney General: Oklahoma Department of Education acted illegally

An official opinion issued by the office of Attorney General Mike Hunter concludes the Oklahoma State Department of Education acted illegally when it imposed new regulations on a state scholarship program for children with special needs.

Ray Carter
December 3, 2020
Law & Principles

Officials call on Congress to address McGirt challenges

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau is urging Congress to approve legislation that restricts the impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding tribal reservations in Oklahoma.

Ray Carter
October 21, 2020
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