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July 16th, 2015
homeless man

Finding affordable housing is one of the most difficult barriers faced by Oklahomans with a felony conviction in their past. Yet Oklahoma’s major public housing assistance programs frequently exclude people with felony records, and even those who have been arrested without being charged, from getting help.

Recent Articles & Reports
October 1st, 2015
OK Policy's David Blatt, the ACLU's Brady Henderson, Sen. Kyle Loveless, Soonerpoll's Bill Shapard, and OCPA's Trent England at a joint press conference on civil asset forfeiture.

Last week, Oklahoma Policy Institute participated in a joint press conference with Sen. Kyle Loveless (R-OKC), the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA), and the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. The topic was a new poll jointly sponsored by OK Policy and OCPA that found a large, bipartisan majority of Oklahomans favor reforming civil asset forfeiture laws to allow  Continue Reading »

September 29th, 2015
Photo by Jason Taellious / CC BY-SA 2.0

[Update: During public comments on the ordinance, a large majority of those speaking said that passing it would be a mistake. A final vote is still scheduled for Oct. 13.] Today the Oklahoma City Council is holding a public hearing on an amendment to the city’s panhandling ordinance that would make it illegal to stand or walk in the median for the purpose of panhandling or  Continue Reading »

September 4th, 2015
Photo by Thomas R Machnitzki

Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. You can sign up on his website to receive the Capitol Updates newsletter by email. An interesting tug-of-war has developed between Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, author of SB 838 changing Oklahoma’s asset forfeiture law and Sen.  Continue Reading »

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