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Today on In The Know, the State Senate will not hear a bill that would establish a governing board for an Oklahoma health insurance exchange, a requirement of federal health care reform. The House Insurance Committee passed a bill to allow out-of-state insurers to sell insurance in the state, despite concerns that plans might not have to provide Oklahoma-mandated coverage. OK Policy Blog examines Gov. Fallin’s proposal for an executive ‘closing fund’ to lure businesses to the state, citing the fund’s history in Oklahoma and its mixed record in Texas.
A bill to strip the state Board of Education of control over the state Department of Education was sent to the Governor yesterday. Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman reiterated yesterday that cuts of 5 to 7 percent to the education budget are more likely than proposed 3 percent cuts. Meanwhile, House Democrats criticize GOP leaders for missing their own deadline for submitting a common education budget.
Sen. Ralph Shortey was successful in amending a bill to allow lawmakers to carry weapons anywhere in the state. The Daily O’Collegian writes in an opinion column about the need to raise student awareness about sexual assaults on Big XII campuses. Sen. Jim Inhofe questions the Army Corps of Engineers about federal funding commitments for planned development on the Arkansas River.
In our policy note, a new report from the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute looks at the lessons learned about health insurance exchanges from Massachusetts and Utah. Finally, April 1 brings a big announcement from Oklahoma Policy Institute.
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