OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has overwhelmingly approved legislation to prohibit texting while driving.
House members voted 96-2 for the bill and sent it on to the state Senate for debate and a vote. A similar bill is already pending on the Senate floor.
The bill by Republican Rep. Terry O'Donnell of Tulsa marks the second consecutive year he has authored legislation to ban texting while driving in the state. Last year, a similar bill died on the House floor.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More snow is projected to fall this week in Oklahoma and transportation officials are warning drivers of roads that are already slippery.
The National Weather Service in Norman issued a hazardous weather outlook for much of the state. No precipitation is projected Tuesday but light snow will be possible in the southern part of the state on Wednesday. Snow accumulation of less than one inch is expected.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is visiting with Republicans in the Oklahoma Legislature and urging them to join the list of states calling for a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution.
Coburn met separately Monday in Republican caucus meetings in the House and Senate to talk about the idea of a convention of the states to address the growing power of the federal government.
Separate measures in the House and Senate would call for a constitutional convention, which is authorized under Article Five of the U.S. Constitution.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a bill allowing Oklahoma district attorneys to collect DNA samples for the state's offender database from defendants who aren't sentenced to prison.
The House voted 93-3 for the measure Monday and sent it to the Senate for consideration.
Defendants convicted of certain crimes are required to provide samples to the state DNA database. Most samples are taken by prison officials, leaving those convicted but sentenced to probation often omitted.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials from state agencies across Oklahoma are returning to the Capitol for more budget briefings since the Legislature must deal with a $611 million shortfall in the next fiscal year — double the initial projection.
Appropriations and budget subcommittees in the House and Senate are meeting with agency leaders this week to find out how they would handle budget cuts ranging as high as 10 percent.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has arrested a woman and her passenger after a police chase that reached speeds over 100 mph.
Troopers say the 34-year-old driver sped through a toll plaza on the Creek Turnpike without paying late Sunday night. They say speeds during the chase averaged about 105 mph before the driver crashed into a ditch and fled from the 2007 Chevrolet Impala.
The driver was arrested by Tulsa County deputies and faces charges including eluding, reckless driving, and failure to pay a toll.