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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Legislature

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

Point: Time to fix workers’ comp


Commentary

Jonathan Small
Oklahoma’s system for handling workers’ compensation claims is badly in need of reform. So much so that it is time to replace the system altogether.
 
Wednesday, March 6, 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

New thinking needed


Letters to the Editor

Terri L. Miller-Simms
Reluctantly, I listened to the majority of Gov. Mary Fallin’s opening State of the State address to both houses of the Oklahoma Legislature. It was not easy, but I tried very hard to hear something to “hang my hat on” — nada, zip.
 
Wednesday, February 20, 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

Losing bet

Oklahoma’s casino gaming has exploded, but funding of gambling addiction programs hasn’t kept pace.


News

C.G. Niebank
Although addicted gamblers in Oklahoma are estimated to number well more than 100,000, only $750,000 is allotted by the state to treat the problem. As the number of problem gamblers grows, those charged with administering treatment are tasked with doing more and more with only allocated portions of that yearly $750,000.
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

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
 
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