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The state House passed a bill to prevent officials in towns, cities and municipalities from banning oil and gas drilling. It now returns to the Senate. House minority leader Scott Inman (D – Del City) spoke against the bill, describing it as a loss of local control. The Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Oklahoma called for greater political will to fix the state’s mental health crisis. On the OK Policy Blog, we explained what critics of our poll showing that most Oklahomans don’t want a tax cut got wrong. Most Oklahomans say the state has cut the state income tax too much or just the right amount, and that Oklahoma is not spending enough on education funding.
Attorneys for the family of the man killed by a Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy are demanding the results of a prior internal investigation into the deputy. The judge assigned to the case is considering recusing himself due to prior ties to the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. A national report confirmed that Oklahoma has seen the US’s largest increase in earthquakes triggered by human activity. The state Board of Education delayed a vote to approve a contract with the state Attorney General’s office for legal service. The legal conflict over festivalgoers bringing firearms to the Norman Music Festival will likely extend to the city’s other outdoor events.
Tulsa has seen a three-year decline in its chronically homeless population, but the number of situationally homeless has increased 50 percent since 2008. Oklahoma Watch reported that many of the state’s nursing homes require residents or their families to submit to binding arbitration as a condition to being admitted, despite the fact that such agreements violate state law. Cherokee Principal Chief Bill John Baker says that the fifty bison brought to Oklahoma by a program that takes extra bison from national parks and places them with tribes throughout the US are doing well, and have nine calves.
The Number of the Day is 8.6 miles – the typical commute for Oklahoma City metro residents. The typical commute for residents of the Tulsa metro is 8.0 miles. In today’s Policy Note, CityLab examines a new index that measures well-being in the US’s 435 congressional districts, plus Washington DC, based on measurements of life expectancy, access to knowledge, and standard of living.