OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers will have more than 2,000 bills and resolutions to consider when they convene next month.
Thursday afternoon was the deadline for filing bills to be considered by the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature. Legislative officials say 1,219 bills and 26 joint resolutions were filed in the House. A total of 815 bills and 32 joint resolutions were filed in the state Senate by the deadline.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been named chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson named Lankford the chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The subcommittee oversees the management, efficiency and effectiveness of various federal agencies, including the effectiveness of national security methods.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says the state's 15th multicounty grand jury has been empaneled.
The new grand jury was empaneled on Wednesday at the Oklahoma County Courthouse. It will convene for its first session on Feb. 17 and will convene again on March 17. Further dates will be selected next month.
The multicounty grand jury was requested by Attorney General Scott Pruitt and approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in November.
Buoyed by conservative gains in the November election, foes of abortion are mobilizing on behalf of bills in Congress and several states that would further curtail women's access to the procedure.
On both sides of the debate, activists are highlighting their hopes and concerns in conjunction with Thursday's anniversary of the Supreme Court's 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion nationwide.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The head of the cash-strapped Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame says arrangements have been made to pay past-due bills for its workers' compensation premium and property insurance.
Executive Director Jason McIntosh says a check for about $11,200 for the workers' compensation premium should be wired Wednesday to State Farm Insurance and that more than $2,900 owed to Tulsa County for property insurance has been sent to the county.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New state schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister has fired three more of former Superintendent Janet Barresi's staff.
Hofmeister spokesman Phil Bacharach told The Oklahoman hat director of assessments Lisa Chandler; director of science, technology, engineering and math Jeff Downs; and Barresi's executive assistant, Liz Young, were fired.