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  • Oklahoma asset forfeiture reform faces stiff opposition 
    Updated: Feb-13-16 12:38 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - An Oklahoma legislator who wants to restrict when police can seize cash and other assets from people they suspect of drug-trade involvement - even without a conviction - fears his colleagues won't have a chance to take up his idea this session.

  • Oklahoma House committee approves property crimes bill 
    Updated: Feb-10-16 1:00 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Legislation supported by Gov. Mary Fallin to increase the value threshold of some property crimes before they're prosecuted as felonies in Oklahoma has been approved by a legislative committee.

  • Millions in tax breaks, incentives targeted by Senate panel 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 6:38 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Hundreds of millions of dollars in state tax breaks would be reduced or delayed under bills approved by a Senate committee on Tuesday, including a second potential reduction in Oklahoma's income tax as lawmakers look to fill a $1 billion hole in next year's budget.

  • Gay rights groups celebrate defeat of anti-gay Oklahoma bill 
    Updated: Feb-09-16 2:06 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Gay rights activists are celebrating the Republican-led defeat of a bill that would have allowed Oklahoma businesses to discriminate against gay people.

  • Parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations rally in Oklahoma 
    Updated: Feb-08-16 5:02 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Dozens of parents opposed to mandatory vaccinations for their children are rallying at the Oklahoma Capitol.

  • Oklahoma Legislature working to fill widening budget gap 
    Updated: Feb-07-16 3:16 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - One year ago, depressed energy prices contributed to a $611 million hole in the state budget that forced Oklahoma lawmakers to tap dozens of non-recurring revenue sources to prevent draconian cuts to public services like schools, roads and public safety.

  • Uptick in quakes could prompt action from Oklahoma lawmakers 
    Updated: Feb-06-16 5:45 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The power and frequency of earthquakes in Oklahoma have been increasing, but the Legislature has done little to try to curb the temblors that scientists have linked to the underground disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater.

  • Pressure mounting for lawmakers to send alcohol plan to vote 
    Updated: Feb-04-16 4:05 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A new plan for Oklahoma voters to decide whether wine and strong beer can be sold in grocery and convenience stores could be the first of many alcohol-related questions on the November ballot.

  • Oklahoma lawmakers push social agendas amid budget crisis 
    Updated: Feb-03-16 3:56 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The difficult task of plugging a $900 million hole in the state budget has not deterred conservative Oklahoma lawmakers from pushing their social agendas on abortion, gun rights and same-sex marriage.

  • Bills to rein in Oklahoma tax subsidies face opposition 
    Updated: Feb-02-16 7:30 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Opposition surfaced Tuesday against several bills that would rein in costly state tax subsidies, sending a strong signal to lawmakers that taking them away will be no easy task, even amid a steep budget shortfall.

  • Gov. Fallin wants sales tax expansion to close budget hole 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 6:07 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday proposed increasing the cigarette tax and expanding the sales tax to a variety of services that are currently exempt as a way to close an estimated $900 million hole in next year's budget.

  • Latest: Governor seeks bond issue for Capitol repairs 
    Updated: Feb-01-16 2:46 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The Latest on Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State speech Monday to open the 2016 Oklahoma Legislature:

  • Fallin approves $1.4M in state funds for earthquake research 
    Updated: Jan-28-16 3:14 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin approved the use of nearly $1.4 million in state emergency funds Thursday for state agencies working to reduce the increasing number of earthquakes that have been linked to the disposal of oil and gas wastewater in Oklahoma.

  • More than 3,400 bills await Oklahoma Legislature in 2016 
    Updated: Jan-23-16 12:47 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma lawmakers have more than 3,400 measures to consider when the 2016 session begins on Feb. 1, and that doesn't include dozens more bills that will be needed to build a state budget with a roughly $1 billion hole in it.

  • Oklahoma state senator proposes teacher pay raise measures 
    Updated: Jan-21-16 4:27 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - A Republican state senator is proposing a package of legislation he says will raise the salaries of Oklahoma public school teachers by $10,000 a year without raising taxes.

  • Senate staff moves into renovated space at Oklahoma Capitol 
    Updated: Jan-15-16 3:47 pm

    OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate staff is moving into newly refurbished offices at the state Capitol as part of a $7.2 million renovation of House and Senate office space.