After enacting some of the nation's strictest anti-abortion laws, Republican lawmakers are now seeking exceptions to legalize the procedure in rare situations.
Oklahoma County's sheriff said deputies and officers cannot, under state law, enforce a rule established by the Justice Department, as opposed to a federal law established by Congress.
With the board now made up completely of Stitt appointees, the Department of Veterans Affairs deputy director and general counsel quit prior to Friday's meeting, and the commissioners unanimously agreed to hire former Attorney General John O'Connor, who was a Stitt appointee.
Oklahoma lawmakers prefiled almost 3,100 bills and joint resolutions for the first session of the 59th Legislature.
The newly elected state superintendent received approval Thursday for a revised budget request with $150 million for teacher incentive pay and $100 million for early-grade reading instruction. #oklaed
A former prosecutor will review all aspects of the investigation, trial, sentencing and appeals process for the high-profile death-row inmate who claims to be innocent.
"We're not going to beat these bills by rehashing the same far-left rhetoric and playing victim," said Brittany Novotny, who founded the PAC. "We're going to defeat these bills by finding common ground with Republicans in the Legislature and helping them to see this isn't necessarily the win…
"We're definitely concerned for our neighbors and families that have really become used to having this extra amount after three years," a DHS official said, adding resources are available for those in need.
Gov. Kevin Stitt's secretary of education and newly elected state superintendent has given Chancellor Allison Garrett a deadline of Feb. 1. #oklaed
It “seems counterintuitive at first," Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said, but research indicates that the program helps people overcome addiction in the long run.
In a legislative hearing Tuesday, State Superintendent Ryan Walters said he wants to offer teacher pay raises based on student performance and implement new reading initiatives. #oklaed
“This case includes allegations of fraud involving millions of dollars in taxpayer funds,” Gentner Drummond said in announcing that his office would join with the OSBI in scrutinizing a sweetheart deal between the Oklahoma Tourism Department and Swadley's Bar-B-Q.
Oklahoma Senate and House of Representatives rules require that most bills and joint resolutions be filed before the start of the session. This year's deadline was Thursday.
A heated debate may reignite after two lawmakers filed bills that would allow parents to use taxpayer dollars to pay for their child’s private or home school education. #oklaed
Meetings and events: The Tulsa County Republican Party’s biennial precinct meetings will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at 14 locations across the county.
Debt ceiling: First District Congressman Kevin Hern urged his Republican colleagues to use last week’s breach of the debt ceiling to force spending cuts on the narrowly divided House of Representatives.
Potency limits are among measures that could be considered when the Legislature meets in February.
Any tax revenue could go toward education or economic development, he said. Oklahoma's Native American tribes hold the exclusive right to offer gambling in the state.
Rep. Regina Goodwin also is putting up bills addressing policing reform, especially as it relates to use of force, election law reform, and mental health access.
In Oklahoma, where the Legislature is overwhelmingly Republican, a bill to allow Oklahomans to vote on the abortion question “is not going to go anywhere,” said Rep. Mickey Dollens, D-Oklahoma City.
Senate Bill 503, by Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, would cover parades, shows, concerts, plays or any other activity where a minor or unwilling witness could see lewd acts or obscene material.
The state will devote a mix of local and federal funds to ensure 95% of residents have access to high-speed internet, the governor said Thursday at a broadband conference.
Republican registrations in the Oklahoma State Election Board's Jan. 15 count were up 1.3% from 2021 and 2.8% from 2022, when registration dropped following a nonelection year.
State Sen. Adam Pugh, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, hopes his sweeping plan will serve as a blueprint for education reforms during the upcoming legislative session. #oklaed
U.S. District Judge Gregory Frizzell ruled in favor of the state on Wednesday, nearly 18 years into a lawsuit that blames the poultry industry for pollution in the Illinois River watershed and 13 years after a lengthy trial in the case.
Gentner Drummond said the revised schedule would help alleviate the burden on DOC personnel, maintain confidence in the system and preserve the solemn and important execution process.
Two positions have sat empty since September 2021, when board members resigned amid scrutiny that each had ties to Epic Charter Schools. Another member resigned in November to become Gov. Stitt's chief of staff. #oklaed
Dr. Deborah Shropshire is the first female director in the agency's history. On Wednesday she announced the promotion of Tricia Howell to director of Child Welfare Services at DHS.
The wife of Tulsa County District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler spoke publicly for the first time Tuesday alongside her recovered husband and youngest daughter about their experience with their middle daughter, who has mental illness.
Senate Joint Resolution 5, filed by Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, would ask voters to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to allow state questions to be on ballots in only odd numbered years and to require greater margins to win certain types of ballot issues.