State Rep. David Dank (R-Oklahoma City) said today he will file a bill that would ban in-session legislative campaign contributions, prohibit shadowy transfers of campaign funds between political action committees and ban the use of campaign funds for personal use.
This week Gov. Brad Henry's lottery director Jim Scroggins and other officials with the governor's lottery commission announced that they will ask lawmakers to slash education funding by diverting lottery revenue. Commission officials want the money spent on their own bureaucracy and promotional efforts instead of public schools.
The goal of the grant is to get people to stay in the area during the BRAC transition. While BRAC has a plan to accommodate the thousands of newcomers to Lawton, it needs about $40 million to pay for it. Money talks - and Lawton needs a lot of conversation. But, it might be a problem if the money comes from a loan.
A federal judge Monday permanently enjoined the state from enforcing a law that would ban the sale of violent video games to minors, ruling it is an unconstitutional infringement on free speech. In her decision, U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron said there is no support or 'substantial evidence' that video games are harmful to minors and that '...there is a complete dearth of legislative findings, scientific studies or other rationale to support passage of the act.'
All revenues from the excise tax shall be deposited into a special fund to be used for construction, reconstruction, maintenance, or repair of existing streets; replacement, enlargement or extension of existing water or sewer mains or the installation of new sewer trunk lines; funding for the completion of Phase II of the Sewer Rehabilitation Program of the City as specified by the ordinance.
"The first sales tax holiday last August was a resounding success for Oklahoma families and small businesses. One of the top requests we've had since then is to add school supplies to the list for tax-free items, and that's what my bill will do," stated Barrington, R-Lawton, who authored Senate Bill 861 that created Oklahoma's sales tax holiday.
An Oklahoma City attorney is planning an initiative petition drive that critics say will eliminate affirmative-action programs. Devin Resides says his proposed state constitutional amendment will get rid of "preferences based on the way a person looks.'' He has filed notice with the Secretary of State's office of his intent to circulate the petition in an effort to bring it to a statewide vote.
In Laredo, Texas, truckers picketed the controversial program, but things were calmer in Wichita Falls. But, that doesn't mean that local truckers and those traveling through weren't just plain mad. "If they're gonna let 'em across and not do inspections on them, that's just more hazards on the road for everybody," said Rocky File from Allen, Texas. And Mexican truckers aren't required to have a commercial drivers license.
The Cherokee Nation would lose some of its federal funding under House legislation passed Thursday if it doesn't reinstate descendants of its former slaves as tribal citizens. The bill delays the funding cuts until the issue has been addressed in federal court, potentially giving the Oklahoma-based tribe years before it would lose any money.
State Treasurer Scott Meacham is raising global warming as an issue in why he opposes a proposed coal-fired electrical plant. Meacham says he questions why the plant would use coal from Wyoming instead of natural gas from Oklahoma which he says would create economic activity and jobs.
Senator Tom Coburn says he'll continue his hold on a bill that supporters say is intended to prevent suicides among military veterans. Coburn blocked the bill before congress left for its August break after it passed the house by a vote of 423-0.
It's the biggest budget ever for Comanche County, but commissioners say it's still not enough. The 2007-08 budget was approved Wednesday where the Excise Board met with County Commissioners and approved a $7.225 million budget. The new budget reflects raises for general employees, Sheriff's Deputies and elected officials.
A first-term democratic state senator from Oklahoma City officially announced Wednesday that he's running for the senate seat occupied by Republican Jim Inhofe. Andrew Rice said Washington suffers from partisan gridlock and what he called "play-it-safe politics.'' He said he wants to help steer the country in a new direction.
McDaniel conducted an interim study to offer an opportunity for individuals and legislatures to study and share concerns about today's sealed records in Oklahoma and how this has impacted many adoptees lives.
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