In The Know: OK House Republicans pick leaders; property crime decreased after SQ 780; strong turnout makes ballot initiatives harder…
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Oklahoma House Republicans pick leaders for next session: Dozens of newly elected state legislators are helping to pick their new leaders for the upcoming session that begins in February. In the House, the new Republican caucus on Wednesday picked Speaker of the House Charles McCall to serve another term as its top leader. McCall will be the speaker-elect until he’s formally elected in January. [AP News]
House Democrats to select new leader: Two central Oklahoma representatives are vying to become the next leader of the House Democrats, both pledging a mix of progressive and pragmatic approaches for a caucus that saw its numbers shrink during last week’s election. Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, and Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, told The Oklahoman they are seeking the position of minority leader, which will be decided by a caucus vote Thursday. [NewsOK]
Property crime decreased in Oklahoma as SQ 780 reduced punishments: Before 2016, stealing a smartphone in Oklahoma could be charged as a felony with the possibility of prison time. The passage of SQ 780 raised the felony theft threshold in Oklahoma from $500 to $1000, meaning a person has to steal something worth more than $1000 to be charged with felony larceny. These changes went into effect in July 2017, and the early returns are very encouraging: statewide reports of theft fell in Oklahoma between 2016 and 2017. [OK Policy]
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