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UPCOMING EVENT – Legislative candidate forum in Muskogee on Tuesday: Candidates in two Muskogee-area state House districts will discuss important state and local issues in a public forum Tuesday at the Roxy Theater in Muskogee. The forum, which is free, is being presented by Oklahoma Watch, a nonprofit media organization, and Together Oklahoma, a nonprofit education and advocacy group. Those interested in attending are encouraged to register online.
In The News
Fallin, Hofmeister locked in battle over order on audit of classroom spending: Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister are locked in an extraordinary clash of wills and authority over Fallin’s attempt to get an audit of classroom spending in the state’s 519 school districts. “I don’t take orders from Governor Fallin on public education,” Hofmeister told The Oklahoman. “I believe in local control of our schools, and I will always do what is in the best interests of students — even if it means standing up to my own party.” [NewsOK]
SQ 801 draws mixed reactions from business, education factions: A state question that would give school districts the freedom to spend local property tax revenue on school operations is drawing plenty of mixed reaction. State Question 801, which is on the Nov. 6 ballot, would amend the Oklahoma State Constitution by removing restrictions on how local school districts may use property tax dollars. [NewsOK] See more background information and arguments for and against SQ 801 on OK Policy’s fact sheet here.
New medical marijuana lawsuit targets state of Oklahoma over tax, licensing issues: Accusing Oklahoma officials of imposing regulations and fees beyond what State Question 788 stipulated, marijuana advocates filed a sweeping class-action lawsuit Friday against the state and three state agencies, including the Oklahoma Tax Commission. [Tulsa World] Federal marijuana law enforcement elicits varying concerns from dispensary operators in Oklahoma. [Tulsa World]
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