In The Know: Unprecedented number of women candidates; Rainy Day Fund gets refill; opioids back in court…
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2018 Elections Yielding Unprecedented Numbers of Women Candidates: When Oklahoma voters head to the polls this fall they will see an unprecedented number of women on state ballots, driven in part by political fervor surrounding the April teacher walkout. Fifty-five women — 45 Democrats and 10 Republicans — already have made it to the Nov. 6 general election for Oklahoma House and Senate seats, and another 30 — 10 Democrats and 20 Republicans — face runoffs on Aug. 28 [Enid News & Eagle]. Oklahoma 2018 state questions and elections info [OKPolicy].
Oklahoma’s Rainy Day Fund Gets Much-Needed Refill: Oklahoma’s Constitutional Reserve Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, will get a sorely needed refill after years of budget crisis. According to an end-of-year report, the state’s general revenue fund collected almost $400 million more than what economists predicted. The general revenue fund is the pool of money lawmakers use to appropriate each year [NewsOK].
Federal Judge Sends Oklahoma Opioid Lawsuit Back to State Court: The state of Oklahoma’s lawsuit against opioid manufacturers is returning to state court. Defendants had the case moved to federal court, saying the state is asking them to make different disclosures to the public than required by federal law. But U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange in Oklahoma City ruled Friday that the lawsuit does not “necessarily raise” a federal issue [Public Radio Tulsa]. The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations have each filed lawsuits against 19 opioid manufacturers — joining a long list of tribes, states, cities and counties that have accused drug companies of deceptive marketing practices that contributed to the nation’s opioid addiction epidemic [NewsOK].
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