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OKG Newsletter


Topic: capitol

Ridicu-laws


CFN

Gazette staff
When Chicken-Fried News goes into a courtroom — or anywhere, really — we come armed with whichever laws we need, regardless of where they’re from: international law, Murphy’s law, Jude Law ... makes no difference to us.
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mane issue

The slaughter of horses and consumption of horse meat are at the center of a fierce legislative battle.


News

Greg Horton
Supporters and opponents of legislation to allow horse slaughter in Oklahoma agree on exactly one thing: Horses should not be slaughtered in Mexico.
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Agenda agitation


CFN

Gazette staff
UPDATE: The anti-Agenda 21 bill passed the state House and is headed to the Senate.

Conspiracy-minded Oklahomans soon may be free to remove their tinfoil hats! House Bill 1412, a measure designed to protect the state from the United Nations’ insidious Agenda 21 sustainability initiative, has passed its first legislative hurdle.
 
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Making schools safe


Commentary

Todd Lamb
After the tragic events in Newtown, Conn., last December, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman and House Speaker T.W. Shannon asked me to chair the Oklahoma Commission on School Security (OCSS). As a former U.S. Secret Service special agent, I have a background and training in security. As a state senator, I was the principal author of the Oklahoma School Security Act.
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Correction needed for correctional officers


Commentary

Sean Wallace
Are you willing to supervise as many as 200 inmates by yourself? To assess and react appropriately to extremely violent situations such as rapes, suicides and stabbings? To work with inmates who have communicable diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis or hepatitis?
 
Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Point: Triggering better schools


Commentary

State Sen. David Holt
This state legislative session, Sen. Jabar Shumate, D-Tulsa, Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, and I proposed legislation to give parents a new tool to affect positive change in their student’s underperforming school. Senate Bill 1001 would create the Parent Empowerment Act, a version of a “parent trigger” that has been enacted in at least seven other states. It passed the Senate, but limited support in the House means it will be laid over until the 2014 session.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Counterpoint: Don’t pull that trigger


Commentary

Gene Perry
In the 2012 film Won’t Back Down, a single mother stands up to a villainous teachers’ union and school administrators to take over her child’s school. The film was produced by Walden Media, a company belonging to Oklahoman owner Philip Anschutz. It seeks to dramatize “parent trigger” laws being pushed across the country by organizations like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the American Legislative Exchange Council.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Marriage equality is up for grabs


Letters to the Editor

Wanda Jo Stapleton
“Equal Justice Under Law” is engraved on the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. To me, the phrase — when applied to marriage — means “marriage equality,” both same-sex marriage and heterosexual marriage.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

How appealing


CFN

Gazette staff
State Attorney General Scott Pruitt doesn’t like taking “no” for an answer, at least not when it’s coming from the state Supreme Court striking down abortion restrictions. He filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court last week after the state court struck down a 2010 law requiring women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and hear a detailed explanation of the procedure.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
 
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