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This Week from OK Policy
We released our first three posts in a series on key bills to watch this legislative session. Policy Analyst Courtney Cullison previewed some promising (and some not so promising) efforts to improve the economic well-being of Oklahoma families. Policy Analyst Ryan Gentzler wondered if this will finally be the year the legislature gets serious about criminal justice reform. And Policy Director Carly Putnam ran down the list of bills that threaten to cut Oklahomans’ access to health care.
Executive Director David Blatt’s Journal Record column directed our attention to a bill, moving quietly through the legislature, that would greatly increase the power of future governors. A guest post by Effie Craven told us about lunch shaming and an effort to end the practice in Oklahoma.
OK Policy in the News
Blatt spoke with KTUL about what the Step Up plan would mean for taxes in Oklahoma. OK Policy’s statement on the failure of the Step Up plan made an appearance in a KFOR piece. Gentzler talked with NonDoc about SQ 788, the medical marijuana question that will be on the ballot this summer.
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