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Today you should know that Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon will announce today that he is entering the race for the US Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn. He said he will remain as speaker “for the time being.” Rep. Jim Bridenstine has told supporters he will not run for Senate. Rep. Frank Lucas praised a long-sought agreement on a farm bill reached between the House and Senate Agriculture Committees. Capital City OK discussed how the policies addressed in President Obama’s State of the Union speech may impact Oklahoma.
OK Policy released a newly updated Legislative Primer that explains Oklahoma’s legislative process. A bill by Rep. Dan Fisher, R-El Reno, seeks to defund the Oklahoma Arts Council, which provides community grants for the arts across Oklahoma. The president of the Integris Bass Baptist Health Center in Enid said he could go out of business if the state doesn’t accept federal money to expand Insure Oklahoma.
A federal appeals court will give expedited hearing to a case challenging Oklahoma’s same-sex marriage ban. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that Oklahoma driver’s licenses were improperly revoked based on blood-alcohol testing equipment that was not maintained. Criminal misdemeanor charges against the Oklahoma Parole Board are being dropped after members signed a statement acknowledging violations of the Open Meeting Act.
Oklahoma’s unemployment rate held steady at 5.4 percent in December and is slightly higher than this time last year. State Sen. Connie Johnson has introduced a bill to regulate and tax marijuana like alcohol in Oklahoma. Parents and school officials in Tahlequah responded to Oklahoma’s poor showing in a national evaluation of academic achievement.
The Number of the Day is the base salary for members of the Oklahoma Legislature. In today’s Policy Note, the Metro Trends blog shows that of the top five jobs projected to grow from 2012 to 2022, only one—registered nurse—provides an annual, full-time salary over $22,000.
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