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A two-month amnesty period for overdue state taxes was proposed in an Oklahoma House committee meeting as a way to help close a $611 million budget hole. New plans have been unveiled in the Legislature to finish the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City and build an OKPOP museum in Tulsa. A lawsuit by former state Rep. Mike Reynolds claims that Oklahoma’s last three state budget bills are unconstitutional because they also contain transfers.
The Oklahoman editorial board argued against a proposal that’s emerged in the Legislature to fund teacher pay raises by raiding teacher retirement funds. KOSU examined what’s behind the large teacher shortage in Oklahoma public schools. Oklahoma’s prekindergarten enrollment continues to be among the highest in the nation, according to a study released Monday. You can see the full study here and the Oklahoma fact sheet here.
OK Policy launched a complete redesign of our website that will be more accessible on mobile devices. Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation that would prohibit private entities from banning firearms in parks, recreational areas or fairgrounds. An Oklahoma man faces a possible life sentence for selling less than an ounce of marijuana. An op-ed by former Congressman J.C. Watts argues that the tide is turning toward criminal justice reform in Oklahoma.
Sen. Kyle Loveless has filed a bill aimed at restricting civil asset forfeitures, which allow law enforcement to seize cash, vehicles and other property without any charges being filed. The OK Policy has examined this controversial practice of policing for profit in Oklahoma. The Tulsa County Sheriff’s spokesman has been placed on paid leave pending a performance evaluation. The spokesman Maj. Shannon Clark had denied the existence of a 2009 memo detailing concerns about the training of a volunteer deputy who killed a restrained suspect, but the memo was later released. The Frontier examined how the story from the sheriff’s office has changed numerous times.
Attorneys contesting Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s request to hike electricity rates said the company is asking ratepayers to take on too much of the risk for a $1 billion environmental compliance and replacement generation plan. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said an initial effort to reduce the risks from man-made earthquake activity has led to more than half of the wastewater disposal wells being shut down or volumes reduced in the Arbuckle formation. The Tulsa County Health Department is ramping up mosquito control efforts and testing for diseases like West Nile following heavy rains in Oklahoma.
The Number of the Day is $3,671 – the 2014 state spending per child enrolled in pre-K in Oklahoma, down nearly 25 percent from 2010. In today’s Policy Note, Governing finds that for all the pushback against the Common Core educational standards, more than 40 states are still on board.
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