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OKG Newsletter


Topic: capitol

Same ol’, same ol’


Letters to the Editor

Douglas Mock, Joseph Thai and Tom Boyd
Two “new” bills filed with the state Legislature recently are dog-eared twin parcels of anti-science boilerplate based on model language from the creationist Discovery Institute (in Seattle). This is an annual rite of winter: Legislative sponsors proclaim laudable goals (“academic freedom” and “critical thinking”) with a wink and nod that fool no one except perhaps innocent schoolchildren. The goal is to promote the teaching of religion as science in public school science classrooms.
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Up in smoke

State legislators kill a bill that would have allowed local governments to establish strong tobacco restrictions.


News

Phil Bacharach
A state Senate committee today snuffed out a bill that would have allowed local governments to establish anti-tobacco ordinances more restrictive than what's currently set by the state.
 
Monday, February 18, 2013

Coverage controversy

Supporters and critics scramble to determine the impact of Gov. Fallin’s decision against Medicaid expansion.


News

Clifton Adcock
As Oklahoma pushes forward to form its own health care reform plan, several groups are trying to pressure Gov. Mary Fallin to reverse her previous decision not to expand the state’s Medicaid program.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Yay or neigh?


CFN

Gazette staff
Oklahoma is known for many things — breath-stealing wind, real-life cowboys, annoying Broadway theme songs — but not least among them is that it’s the horse show capital of the world.
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Smoke up


CFN

Gazette staff
We’ll say this for Big Tobacco: Even a widely vilified industry that makes its profit from killing people knows how to wield power. That much was evident last week when the Senate General Government Committee killed a bill that would have let cities craft stronger antismoking ordinances than what’s allowed by state law.
 
Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Down with science


CFN

Gazette staff
Science homework might be a little easier for Oklahoma students in the near future, depending on how you look at it. House Bill 1674 by Rep. Gus Blackwell, R-Laverne, would allow students to turn in schoolwork that challenges “controversial topics” such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming and human cloning” without adverse consequences, such as a pesky bad grade. It also will force teachers to come up with more creative ways of handling such subjects.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Counterpoint: Don’t punish workers


Commentary

Bob Burke
Workers’ compensation is again on the front burner at the Oklahoma Legislature. In my 32 years of representing injured workers, it is the 19th attempt to make major changes in the law that governs the delivery of benefits to workers injured on the job.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Whole lotta crazy going on


Commentary

Kurt Hochenauer
There’s enough extreme ideological legislation floating around the state Capitol right now to make a decent reality television show.
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
 
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