- Oklahoma lawmakers move toward reducing high school testing Updated: May-31-16 3:03 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma lawmakers have moved forward in eliminating some mandated high school exams during a time in which educators are frustrated by state budget cuts.
- Oklahoma Legislature closes $1.3B gap, finishes 2016 session Updated: May-28-16 10:33 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - Facing a historic $1.3 billion hole in the budget at the start of the year, the state Legislature managed to close the gap through a combination of agency cuts, tax credit reforms, fee increases and the use of one-time funding sources, including bonds.
- More Oklahoma cuts necessary after passage of $6.8B budget Updated: May-27-16 7:27 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Legislature adjourned Friday after passing a $6.8 billion budget that will require most state agencies to absorb deeper cuts to deal with the remaining shortfall.
- The Latest: Oklahoma Legislature adjourns regular session Updated: May-27-16 6:08 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on Oklahoma lawmakers wrapping up their regular legislative session (all times local):
- Oklahoma lawmakers OK bill expanding strong beer, wine sales Updated: May-26-16 7:13 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahomans will decide whether to expand access to alcohol in the state and permit cold strong beer and wine to be sold in grocery and convenience stores under legislation state lawmakers approved Thursday.
- Senate approves $125M in bonds for Oklahoma Capitol repairs Updated: May-26-16 6:54 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Renovations to the Oklahoma Capitol will reach $245 million after the Senate gave final approval Thursday to a second bond issue to complete repairs to the nearly 100-year-old building.
- Oklahoma bill to issue $200 million in bonds advances Updated: May-25-16 5:48 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House has approved a $200 million bond proposal despite objections that it will put the state in debt while helping to close a $1.3 billion revenue shortfall in next year's budget.
- Oklahoma Senate OK with new trigger for income tax rate cut Updated: May-25-16 3:36 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The next scheduled cut to Oklahoma state income tax rates could be delayed under a bill that passed the Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday.
- Oklahoma House committee kills transgender bathroom measure Updated: May-24-16 8:30 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma House committee has killed legislation that would require schools to provide separate restrooms for students who object to sharing them with transgender students.
- Lawmakers OK new fund to soften blows from revenue failures Updated: May-24-16 12:53 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill to establish a new fund to ease the impact of future mid-year revenue failures is heading to the governor.
- Oklahoma lawmakers open to abortion veto override Updated: May-24-16 11:56 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The author of a bill to make performing abortions a felony that passed the Oklahoma Legislature says he wants to talk with the governor before possibly attempting to override her veto of the measure.
- Editorial Roundup: Recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers Updated: May-24-16 9:16 am
Here are excerpts from recent editorials in Oklahoma newspapers:
- Oklahoma House defeats prisons director qualifications bill Updated: May-23-16 6:03 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that alters the qualifications to become director of the state Department of Corrections in an effort to make interim Director Joe Allbaugh qualified for the job permanently.
- Bill addressing Oklahoma sodomy ruling heads to governor Updated: May-23-16 4:41 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A measured aimed at fixing a loophole in Oklahoma's forcible sodomy law has received final legislative approval.
- Medicaid expansion plan likely dead in Oklahoma Updated: May-23-16 3:54 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - A bill to expand Medicaid eligibility in Oklahoma so that the state could tap into an infusion of federal funding available under the Affordable Care Act appears to be dead, the state's Senate leader said on Monday.
- Oklahoma to free $125 million of fund's money for budget Updated: May-20-16 7:41 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma will transfer about $125 million from a cash-flow reserve fund each year and make it available for lawmakers to spend as the state navigates closing a $1.3 billion shortfall in next year's budget.
- Gov. Mary Fallin vetoes Oklahoma feral hog hunting bill Updated: May-20-16 6:53 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bill that would have allowed night hunting with spotlights of feral hogs by hunters without a hunting license.
- Oklahoma committee passes transgender bathroom bill Updated: May-20-16 5:51 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma school districts could be required to provide restrooms that exclude some transgender students under a bill advancing through the Legislature.
- Oklahoma House passes revenue measures in late-night session Updated: May-20-16 2:34 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House worked into the early morning hours Friday as it struggled to pass bills that legislative leaders say are needed to help fill a projected $1.3 billion hole in next year's state budget.
- Oklahoma House votes to adjust earned-income tax credit Updated: May-20-16 1:58 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House has voted to adjust the earned-income tax credit claimed by 355,000 low-income Oklahomans.
- Oklahoma House passes bill to eliminate double tax deduction Updated: May-19-16 11:51 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House has reversed itself and passed legislation to eliminate what's considered a double deduction for state income taxpayers.
- Oklahoma House votes to cap tax credit for at-risk oil wells Updated: May-19-16 11:18 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House has voted to cap a tax incentive for oil and natural gas wells.
- Oklahoma lawmakers file bills opposing transgender guidance Updated: May-19-16 9:43 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - Conservative Oklahoma lawmakers filed legislation Thursday opposing the federal government's guidance on the use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.
- Oklahoma House passes anti-abortion information measure Updated: May-19-16 11:37 am
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House has passed legislation that requires the state Department of Health to develop informational material "for the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society," but lawmakers didn't approve any funding for it.
- Democrats, Republicans clash over cigarette tax in Oklahoma Updated: May-18-16 11:13 pm
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House rejected a proposed $1.50-per-pack tax on cigarettes to help stave off cuts to the state's health care system, with Democrats uniting against the plan until it includes an expansion of Medicaid for the working poor.