Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A bill to abolish Oklahoma's Indian Affairs Commission and transfer its power to a liaison position in the governor's office has received final legislative approval over the objections of some Democrats who say it sends a bad message to the state's Native American tribes.
The Senate voted 26-18 on Friday for the bill that creates the Native American Liaison. The liaison would be appointed by the governor.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. lawmakers to study health insurance exchange
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Legislative leaders say they won't consider a plan this year to set up a health-insurance exchange required under the new federal health care law and instead plan to study the issue during the interim.
In a joint announcement made on Wednesday, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman said they have ordered the formation of a joint committee to recommend how the state should address the federal health care law.
Stillwater, OK – Prosecutor won't file charges in Okla boy's death
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) A Payne County prosecutor has decided not to file charges in the death of a 4-year-old autistic boy who drowned in Cushing last month.
District Attorney Tom Lee said Wednesday that Cushing police, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and the state Medical Examiner's office had conducted a thorough investigation and concluded that the evidence gathered in the case of Blake Murrell doesn't justify the filing of criminal charges.