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In The Know: Jail’s poor design; Public School Week; opioid manufacturer settles…

OK Policy announces that Executive Director David Blatt will be leaving later this year. Oklahoma County jail’s poor design contributes to safety, security issues. Parent Legislative Action Committee launches Public School Week as they advocate for additional funding. Purdue pharma reaches deal to settle Oklahoma opioid case. [More...]

In The Know: Why cost-cutting states are turning more friendly to teachers

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers. Five things to know about the teacher shortage. Oklahoma Legislature to resume regular workload. Effort underway to release non-violent offenders. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: Oklahoma’s opportunity to expand health coverage

What’s up this week at Oklahoma Policy Institute? The Weekly Wonk shares our most recent publications and other resources to help you stay informed about Oklahoma. [More...]

In The Know: Oklahoma parents choose public schools; time may be ripe for criminal justice reform; lawsuit alleges debtors’ prison…

'There's a very different environment in the Legislature now': Time may be ripe for criminal justice reform. Lawsuit alleges Washington County judges, indigent defense system effectively ran debtors' prison. Staff exodus only latest problem for jail, sheriff’s office in Nowata County. Oklahoma County sheriff upset with county commisioner over jail criticism. [More...]

In The Know: Chance to expand access to care; appropriations chair shoots down OMES supplemental; legislators to study retiree COLA…

Senate appropriations chairman shoots down supplemental request for Office of Management and Enterprise Services. Legislators to study cost of living adjustments for Oklahoma state retirees. Bill in state senate would make bail more affordable. 11 inmates flagged for "issues" during jail count. [More...]

In The Know: OKC woman jailed by mistake two weeks; hearing to reopen jail ends in confusion; agencies face deadline to report lobbyists…

Oklahoma City woman jailed by mistake two weeks. Hearing to get Nowata County jail reopened ends in confusion over judge's actions. Former Health Department attorney files lawsuit against Unity Bill. Do you hire lobbyists? Agencies face deadline from Stitt. [More...]

In The Know: Thousands more students held back than originally reported; health agency shakeups continue; Stitt cabinet lacks diversity…

Thousands more students held back than originally reported. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints members to three state agency boards. Oklahoma health agency shakeups continue. Stitt cabinet lacks diversity. [More...]

In The Know: Charter schools and school reform; more urban justices; federal mental health funding…

Epic Charter Schools, school reform and funding needs on the minds of Republicans. Proposed Supreme Court district changes could mean more urban justices. Oklahoma officials hope for quick reauthorization of Federal Mental Health Act. Oklahoma Ethics Commission agrees to increase political donation cap. [More...]

The Weekly Wonk: 2019 Summer Policy Institute; restore the EITC for working families; protect payday customer; & more

This week, we launched applications for our annual Summer Policy Institute! The Institute is hosted and led by the staff of OK Policy and involves leading policy experts from government, academia, and community organizations throughout Oklahoma. The deadline to apply is May 27, 2019. In the midst of a severe budget crisis in 2016, the Oklahoma legislature slashed the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) for low-income working families. [More...]

In The Know: GOP leaders seek ‘objective data,’ new budget office; Stitt signs Unity Bill regulating Oklahoma medical marijuana industry; Bill to teach ‘consent’ fails, sexual assault reported between House pages

GOP leaders seek 'objective data,' new budget office. Stitt signs Unity Bill regulating Oklahoma medical marijuana industry. Bill to teach 'consent' fails, sexual assault reported between House pages. Senate OKs plan to push school districts to 5-day weeks. [More...]