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Lawmakers have begun to introduce measures for next year’s legislative session, including bills that seek to eliminate the state Senate, reduce legislators’ pay, and transfer gaming and tobacco revenue to pay for completing the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. David Blatt’s Journal Record column discusses the voices still missing from the Oklahoma Legislature. Devon Energy CEO Larry Nichols admitted that he believes oil and gas wastewater disposal wells have been triggering earthquakes.
Officials from the Osage and Cherokee nations were sworn-in as tribal special assistant U.S. attorneys on Wednesday, becoming the first two such attorneys in the state. The Council on American-Islamic Relations has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a case involving a retailer that denied employment to an Oklahoman after she wore a religious head scarf to a job interview. Students protesting against racism at Oklahoma State University said they’ve received death threats on social media.
Marketplace examined the huge cost of prescription drugs that are thrown out unused, and efforts in Oklahoma and other states to donate unused drugs to people who need them. Oklahoma scored slightly above the national average for readiness to protect people during a health emergency or disaster. Governor Fallin and state agencies will participate in a conference on improving older Oklahomans’ health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that seniors in Oklahoma have about two fewer years of healthy life than the national average.
On the OK Policy Blog, a guest post discusses a new program that is providing grants for innovation in Oklahoma’s rural public schools. The okeducationtruths blog discussed a new rule from the state Department of Education seeking to block schools and parents from opting out of field tests that are used only to help testing companies develop questions. The Oklahoman editorial board praised new Oklahoma City Schools superintendent Rob Neu’s frank assessment of problems facing the district.
Randy Brogdon, a former state senator and one-time tea party favorite who ran unsuccessfully for governor and U.S. Senate, is now setting his sights on the chairmanship of the state Republican Party. Grand River Dam Authority directors voted a $45,000 raise for Chief Executive Officer Dan Sullivan on Wednesday, bringing the former legislator’s annual base pay to $270,000 a year. Discussions have begun to potentially start a Space Flight Participant Training Program in Oklahoma.
The Number of the Day is the percentage of households in Oklahoma that do not have bank accounts. In today’s Policy Note, Slate shared an excerpt of a new book on why it’s so hard to climb out of poverty in the United States.
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