Latest Oklahoma State Legislature News

Governor lets Medicaid bill become law without signature

May. 27, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he has let a bill putting some restrictions on his plan to privatize Medicaid become law without his signature. Stitt has pushed forward with a plan to outsource management of the state’s Medicaid system to...

Oklahoma Legislature wraps up 2021 regular session

May. 27, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up the 2021 regular legislative session on Thursday, one day before a constitutionally mandated deadline. The House and Senate both adjourned before noon after each chamber passed a bill making some minor...

Former state senator files paperwork for governor's race

May. 24, 2021 11:53 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City has filed paperwork to run for Oklahoma governor in 2022. Connie Johnson filed a statement of organization last week with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, which allows her to start raising and...

Republican lawmaker seeks review of death row conviction

May. 17, 2021 19:30 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma who supports the death penalty said Monday he and several of his GOP colleagues are seeking an independent investigation into the conviction of death row inmate Richard Glossip. In a letter state Rep. Kevin McDugle...

Oklahoma governor, lawmakers reach deal on $8.3B budget

May. 13, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican legislative leaders on Thursday announced an agreement on an $8.3 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year that includes cuts to the corporate and top individual income tax rates. Under the deal,...

Tennessee spikes bill to protect drivers who hit protesters

May. 05, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee proposal to provide legal immunity to drivers who hit protesters and increase penalties for demonstrators who obstruct major roads has stalled for the year. The bill was among the dozen proposals Republicans across the country had...

Oklahoma House, Senate members announce new Latino caucus

May. 05, 2021 16:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four members of the Oklahoma Legislature — two state senators and two state representatives — announced Wednesday the creation of a new bipartisan Legislative Latino Caucus. The founding members include Sens. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, and...

GOP lawmaker: Three-Fifths Compromise was to end slavery

May. 04, 2021 21:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee Republican falsely declared Tuesday that an 18th century policy designating a slave as three-fifths of a person was adopted for “the purpose of ending slavery," commenting amid a debate over whether educators should be restricted while teaching about...

Oklahoma House Democrats select Munson as next leader

May. 03, 2021 18:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma House Democrats voted Monday to select Rep. Cyndi Munson of Oklahoma City to be their next minority leader. Munson will lead the group after the 2022 elections, succeeding current House Minority Leader Rep. Emily Virgin of Norman. Virgin is...

Oklahoma House OKs ban on teaching critical race theory

Apr. 29, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma public school teachers would be prohibited from teaching certain concepts of race and racism under a bill given final approval by the state House on Thursday. The GOP-controlled House voted 70-19 for the bill that prohibits teaching of...