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Today you should know that an analysis of the Moore tornado debris revealed numerous code violations in the construction of school buildings that collapsed. The Oklahoma Senate passed a bond measure calling for $160 million to repair the state Capitol. OK Policy updated our Budget Trends and Outlook, summarizing key points you should know about the state budget.
The OK Policy Blog discussed the recently reauthorized farm bill and its forecasted effects in Oklahoma. More than 70 parents visited the Capitol Thursday to advocate for more education funding. Democratic members of the state Senate have chosen Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, to succeed Sen. Sean Burrage, D-Claremore, as the Senate minority leader. Bills that would make Oklahoma Highway Patrol dashboard camera videos public record and eliminate no-fault divorces were approved in House committees.
Lawmakers heard debate on an adoption reform bill that would require a biological father to appear in front of a judge to relinquish parental rights before an adoption could proceed. The House approved and sent to the Senate a bill that would require abortion providers to alert women whose fetuses have fatal conditions that hospice services are available as an alternative to abortion.
A Senate committee approved bills that would make it illegal to drive while operating a wireless device in a school zone or to send, read, or compose text messages while driving. Pennsylvania’s attorney general is investigating complaints that Chesapeake Energy committed fraud in the state by cheating landowners out of gas royalty payments. Former state House Speaker Todd Hiett announced he will run for an open seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
The Number of the Day is the amount Governor Fallin’s proposed FY 2015 state budget is below the FY 2009 state budget, adjusted for inflation. In today’s Policy Note, the New York Times shows how the Affordable Care Act is enabling more entrepreneurs to start their own businesses.
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