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Oklahoma treasurer says revenue collections still tumbling: The ripple effects of depressed oil and natural gas prices are still dragging down Oklahoma’s economy, and the state’s condition is expected to worsen before it starts improving, Treasurer Ken Miller said Wednesday. Miller released revenue figures that show for the first time in five years, 12-month gross receipts to the treasury were below the level of the previous annual period [Journal Record]. State agencies are being encouraged to draft their budget requests realistically in view of the likelihood of large budget cuts [OK Policy].
Most Police Seizures of Cash Come from Blacks, Hispanics: Nearly two thirds of seizures of cash by Oklahoma law enforcement agencies come from blacks, Hispanics and other racial or ethnic minorities, an Oklahoma Watch analysis of high-dollar forfeiture cases in 10 counties shows. The findings suggest to some critics of the state’s civil asset forfeiture laws that officers are using racial profiling, even subconsciously, in deciding whose vehicles to search or money to seize [Oklahoma Watch]. A range of unlikely allies have come together to push for civil asset forfeiture reform [OK Policy].
Defending our rights: Recently I participated in a joint press conference at the state Capitol that involved a very unlikely group of allies. My organization, the Oklahoma Policy Institute, joined state Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City; the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma; and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs to release a new poll. It shows a large, bipartisan majority of Oklahomans favor reforms of a problematic policing practice known as civil asset forfeiture [Journal Record].
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