Oklahoma’s gun laws frequently change and can be confusing even to seasoned observers. This Q&A explains who can carry guns and where they can be carried, with an emphasis on schools and college campuses.
A new budget plan approved by the House of Representatives on Wednesday would cut millions of dollars from dozens of state agencies and use one-time savings to bridge the state’s $215 million budget gap. It is expected to be heard in the Senate later this week. Read this agency-by-agency breakdown to see who’s cut how much.
In the end, the backing of a tax package by the governor, dozens of health-care, education and public-policy advocates, and other leaders wasn’t enough Wednesday. Who were the winners and losers in the failed vote on a plan to fill most of the budget gap?
The showdown over Oklahoma’s tax on oil and gas production will go statewide if a proposal to raise the tax for all wells to 7 percent makes the November 2018 ballot. Many voters appear to favor the hike, but large sums would likely be spent to sway their votes.
The Oklahoma State Department of Health went more than a year without a chief financial officer, and questions later arose about whether the agency overestimated revenues and used restricted federal funds to fill the gaps, sources told Oklahoma Watch.
Virtual charter schools stand to receive the largest share of local tax funding if a lawsuit by a pro-charter-school group is successful. That gain could occur even though online schools spend less on buildings and transportation.
Advocates for students with disabilities, minority students and low-income students weighed in on the state’s plan for education under the Every Student Succeeds Act. These and other stakeholders questioned the law’s grouping of students, test translations and continued use of school letter grades.