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.
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. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Getting ready for the next legislative session with its budget crater (meaning Continue Reading »
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 »
[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 »
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