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Let Coburn Google that for you

Coburn’s proposed bill describes the NTIS as “tasked with collecting and distributing government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business-related information and reports.” Besides being a money pit — the service has cost more than it has made in 10 of the past 11 years — Coburn insists the NTIS doesn’t really do much and most of

DNA will not be taken from suspects

The author, Rep. Lee Denney, R-Stillwater, said the addition to the law enforcement database would help solve cold cases. The House was like, “Whatevs,” and killed it with a vote of 51-35, the Associated Press reported. There were emotional pleas from both sides of the aisle about unsolved murders, catching repeat offenders and preventing further

State movie rebate program in jeopardy

The bill would have extended the rebate program through July 2024. It now may expire in July 2014. The incentive has been critical to bringing films and related industry revenue into Oklahoma, including Pearl, The Cherokee Word for Water, Bringing Up Bobby, Rudderless and August: Osage County.  The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate reimburses up to 37

UPDATE: Arts consolidation bill approved in committee

+++ A state House committee will conduct a hearing Thursday morning on a measure that could consolidate three agencies into the Tourism, History and Cultural Department. Those agencies are the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department, the Oklahoma Historical Society and the Oklahoma Arts Council.  The House Government Modernization panel will discuss the issue at 10:30

Marijuana rally scheduled Wednesday

Medical Marijuana Day will consist of lobbying, advocacy and training, according to Norma Sapp, director of the Oklahoma chapter of National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML). An advocacy training session in Room 104 is slated for 10 a.m. The meeting is designed to help citizens understand the most effective way to lobby their

Legalize, regulate and tax

The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) has long noted that there has never been a recorded case of an overdose death attributed solely to marijuana. Johnson, a Forest Park Democrat, has started a much-needed discussion at the state Capitol about decriminalizing a substance that even President Barack Obama, who used marijuana

It’s about gun rights for everyone

No word yet on whether laser-gun noises are similarly protected. Apparently, Kern wants to bring some “common sense” to the school administrations in Oklahoma. You see, little Timmy (not his real name) got in lots of trouble for eating a Pop-Tart so what was left of it resembled a gun and then waving it at

Might pay cuts be in their future?

Among the 250 measures filed for consideration so far are six proposed constitutional amendments that will require a public vote. How does limiting the governor to one term, cutting legislators’ pay in half and the Legislature meeting ever other year instead of every year sound? Would paying legislators less and making them work less get

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