State Capitol http://publicradiotulsa.org en Making the Case Against HB 3399, Which Would Remove Oklahoma from the Common Core Initiative http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/making-case-against-hb-3399-which-would-remove-oklahoma-common-core-initiative <p>On May 23rd, the Oklahoma State Legislature approved HB 3399, a bill which would, if it became law, withdraw this state from the Common Core State Standards initiative. This bill is now on Gov. Mary Fallin's desk, awaiting her decision; the Governor has until June 7th to sign the bill into law, or veto it, or do nothing (in which case the bill will not take effect). Tue, 03 Jun 2014 21:51:30 +0000 Rich Fisher 60784 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Making the Case Against HB 3399, Which Would Remove Oklahoma from the Common Core Initiative Remembering the Artist Charles Banks Wilson (1918-2013) on StudioTulsa http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/remembering-artist-charles-banks-wilson-1918-2013-studiotulsa <p>Today on ST, a special interview from our archives as we listen back to a 1993 discussion with Charles Banks Wilson. The widely beloved artist died last week at 94. Wilson was born in Arkansas and grew up in Miami, Oklahoma; over the course of his long and prolific career, he worked as a painter, printmaker, art teacher, lecturer, historian, and magazine and book illustrator --- and his works are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Library of Congress, the Corcoran Gallery, the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Smithsonian, and other notable institutions. Tue, 07 May 2013 20:04:40 +0000 Rich Fisher 38640 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Remembering the Artist Charles Banks Wilson (1918-2013) on StudioTulsa A Lawmaker Calls for Action on Repairing the State Capitol Building http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/lawmaker-calls-action-repairing-state-capitol-building <p style="margin-left:-.5in;">Lawmakers are back to work in Oklahoma City today after a brief Easter break. Rush Springs Democrat Joe Dorman hopes the legislature decides quickly what to do about the crumbling state capitol building. He says it’s a part of the history of our state that needs to be repaired. He especially wants the south doors reopened and the yellow barricade markers in front of the capitol steps removed.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:12:24 +0000 Marshall Stewart 36643 at http://publicradiotulsa.org A Lawmaker Calls for Action on Repairing the State Capitol Building A Discussion of Both Tax-Cut Plans Now on the Table in the Oklahoma State Legislature http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/discussion-both-tax-cut-plans-now-table-oklahoma-state-legislature <p>While the debate in Washington, amid these dreaded days of "sequestration," is about whether to increase revenues or cut spending --- or somehow achieve a compromise that does both --- here in Oklahoma, the state legislature is (once again) looking to reduce tax revenues. This comes despite the fact that our state currently has a number of extremely pressing needs vis a vis education, DHS, corrections, and infrastructure --- as well as, of course, the long-term and likewise urgent problem of pension liabilities. Thu, 07 Mar 2013 20:59:41 +0000 Rich Fisher 35327 at http://publicradiotulsa.org A Discussion of Both Tax-Cut Plans Now on the Table in the Oklahoma State Legislature Oklahoma House GOP Caucus to Elect New Leaders http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/oklahoma-house-gop-caucus-elect-new-leaders <p></p><p>OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new, 72-member-strong Oklahoma House Republican caucus is meeting to elect its new leaders.</p><p>The caucus will meet for a closed-door meeting at 10 a.m. Thursday with all of the members-elect who were either elected to office or were unopposed this election cycle.</p><p>House Speaker-designate T.W. Shannon is expected to officially become the House Speaker-elect, although there won't be a vote since he wasn't opposed. Shannon is replacing term-limited House Speaker Kris Steele of Shawnee.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:38:03 +0000 Associated Press 29216 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Oklahoma House GOP Caucus to Elect New Leaders Automatic Federal Cuts Would Cripple Oklahoma Agencies http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/automatic-federal-cuts-would-cripple-oklahoma-agencies <p>Oklahoma lawmakers are bracing for the worst. If the automatic federal budget cuts take place, Oklahoma will lose millions of dollars in federal matching funds. Rush Springs Democrat Joe Dorman says it will cripple many programs.</p><p><em><strong>Joe Dorman:</strong></em> "We saw $140-million that could be cut out of health funds. We saw over $50-million to educational programs we could lose. It is $120,000 per region, for the 10-regions for senior nutrition sites alone."</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 15:32:07 +0000 John Durkee 28430 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Automatic Federal Cuts Would Cripple Oklahoma Agencies Local Woman Shares Human Trafficking Story http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/local-woman-shares-human-trafficking-story <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 14px;">OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Sand Springs woman's gripping tale of becoming a child prostitute at age 11 captivated a legislative panel exploring ways to deal with what police say is a growing problem of human trafficking in Oklahoma.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 14px;">Jeannetta McCrary told lawmakers how she went from a straight-A cheerleader to a life of sexual exploitation and prostitution as a victim of child trafficking in the 1980s.</span></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 13:05:24 +0000 Associated Press 26975 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Local Woman Shares Human Trafficking Story State Lawmakers Mull Switch to Debit Card Refunds http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/state-lawmakers-mull-switch-debit-card-refunds <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 14px;">OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma agencies are saving money by switching to debit cards instead of paper checks for things like unemployment benefits and tax refunds, but at least one lawmaker is concerned the cards are posing problems for some citizens and leading to huge windfalls for a private contractor.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 14px;">State Rep. Scott Inman of Del City outlined his concerns Tuesday during a meeting of the House Government Modernization Committee.</span></p> Tue, 11 Sep 2012 19:51:34 +0000 Associated Press 25970 at http://publicradiotulsa.org State Lawmakers Mull Switch to Debit Card Refunds Oklahoma Lawmakers Object to Funding for Non-Profits http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/oklahoma-lawmakers-object-funding-non-profits <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 14px;">OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two state lawmakers are asking Republican Governor Mary Fallin to block tax dollars from being used to fund non-profit groups.</span></p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:49:41 +0000 Associated Press 24983 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Oklahoma Lawmakers Object to Funding for Non-Profits Lawmaker Wants More Money in Workers' Comp http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/lawmaker-wants-more-money-workers-comp <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 14px;">OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker who was awarded more than $61,000 in workers' compensation due to a collision as he drove to the state Capitol is appealing for more money.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 14px;">And the state House and its insurance carrier are also appealing — asking that the $61,560 awarded to Republican Representative Mike Christian in July be thrown out.</span></p> Sun, 26 Aug 2012 13:47:45 +0000 Associated Press 24982 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Lawmaker Wants More Money in Workers' Comp