With their state funding in decline, Oklahoma district attorneys are turning to issuing tickets and putting people on probation for a fee. Their newest effort is to crack down on uninsured drivers by scanning the license plates of thousands of Oklahomans on roadways every year and mailing them tickets.
Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby, is the driving force behind the Museum of the Bible, a 430-,000-square-foot facility scheduled to open in November in Washington, D.C. Green talks about the museum’s purpose and his view of the relationship between the Bible and the U.S. government.
Each year, Oklahoma legislators and statewide elected officials must report details about their personal finances to alert the public to potential conflicts of interest. This year, however, they generally will be asked to report fewer facts than ever.
Although the state does not post public officials’ financial disclosure forms online, Oklahoma Watch is offering easy access to them on its website. Do you know more than what is revealed on one or more forms?
Financial disclosures by Scott Pruitt, newly appointed EPA administrator and former Oklahoma attorney general, offer a contrast between the more robust federal disclosure requirements and those of the state.
With more than half of this year’s legislative session in the rearview mirror, Oklahoma’s budget remains a mystery. And as with previous years, a finalizing of the budget isn’t likely to happen until the final weeks or days.
Two prominent mental-health experts and a state law-enforcement official offered insights on the continuing epidemic of fatal drug overdoses, which are rising again not only because of prescription painkillers, but also black-market methamphetamine and heroin.
A Senate bill intended to protect teachers would mandate lengthy suspensions for elementary students as young as third grade. Opponents say schools instead should use alternative controls and provide services.
Oklahoma voters will get the opportunity to add victims’ rights to the state Constitution under a proposal called Marsy’s Law. But giving victims the same rights as those accused of crimes may have unintended negative consequences for law enforcement and prosecutors.