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State Senate Announces 2018 Interim Study List: Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore-designate Greg Treat, R-Edmond, has released a list of approved 2018 interim studies. A total of 43 requests were approved. Treat requested an interim study on the development of a legislative budget office that would provide additional data and resources to state lawmakers. Interim studies provide senators another opportunity outside the legislative session to take an in-depth look and hear from subject-matter experts on a particular issue [Ada News]. Treat will sponsor an interim study that looks into creating a centralized budgeting office under the Legislative Services Bureau [Journal Record]. See the full list of interim studies here.
OK Policy Welcomes Three New Staffers: Starting this week, Rebecca Fine has joined Oklahoma Policy Institute as an education policy analyst. Also starting this week, Damion Shade has joined OK Policy as a criminal justice policy analyst. Another recent addition to OK Policy is Operations and Development Associate Andrea McNeil. “We’re grateful to all of the supporters who appreciate the work of this organization and have invested in us to do even more,” said David Blatt, OK Policy’s Executive Director. “You can expect great things from these new staffers and the whole OK Policy team in the year ahead” [OKPolicy].
Oklahoma AG Says Health Board Will Hold Special Meeting to Walk Back Medical Marijuana Rules: Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said Thursday he’s received word the state board of health will hold a special meeting to follow his advice on medical marijuana rules. That will include undoing controversial, last-minute changes that attracted two lawsuits [Public Radio Tulsa]. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks since Oklahomans voted “yes” for medical marijuana. Here are 8 notable moments since the polls closed [NewsOK]. This summer’s state government blockbuster is a 21st-century descendant of the Theater of the Absurd [Arnold Hamilton / Journal Record].
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