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The U.S. Supreme Court declined to consider Oklahoma’s case against Affordable Care Act subsidies as part of the justices’ review of the issue. Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s office filed for stays of all of the state’s scheduled executions, pending a decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on the constitutionality of Oklahoma’s lethal drug cocktail. New State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister unveiled a new five-year plan to give Oklahoma teachers a $5,000 pay raise over the next five years, along with an additional five days of instruction to the school year.
In the Tulsa World, op-eds by a mental health professional and the head of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority make the case for why mental health and Medicaid should be higher state budget priorities. NewsOK examined nine bills that seek to boost voter turnout and encourage more competitive elections in Oklahoma. OK Policy discussed several of these ideas in our report on repairing Oklahoma’s broken democracy. On the OK Policy Blog, David Blatt warns about a proposal that could lead to far-reaching and radical changes to America’s time-tested constitution that is being pushed in states across the country this year.
The power of local communities to regulate oil and natural gas activities inside their city limits could be curtailed under several bills introduced at the Oklahoma Legislature. A gay-rights group vowed to fight back against a number of Oklahoma bills they feel target their members. While some law enforcement agencies in the state are rolling out or testing body cameras worn by their officers, numerous problems have the Tulsa Police Department years behind on an order to put a camera in every patrol vehicle.
Gov. Mary Fallin expressed confidence Monday in Preston Doerflinger and plans to keep him as her Cabinet secretary of finance despite his arrest Thursday night. State hospitals are reporting an increasing number of newborns who tested positive for drugs or alcohol at birth, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. As many as 2,000 Oklahomans are expected to receive free dental care at the Oklahoma Mission of Mercy event in downtown Tulsa next month.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says more than 1.8 million Oklahomans are being affected by an ongoing, deepening drought. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded more than $7.8 million in grants to 72 homeless housing and service programs in Oklahoma. The Number of the Day is the average number of autopsies per staff member per year performed by the Oklahoma Medical Examiners office in 2014, nearly double the recommended average of 250. In today’s Policy Note, Northwest Public Radio examines how local jails have ended human contact between inmates and visitors and allowed a private company to charge family members to do video calls with their loved ones.
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