Latest Oklahoma state government News

Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertain

May. 20, 2022 18:26 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Oklahoma only days away from enacting the toughest state ban on abortion in the U.S., providers were preparing to stop terminating pregnancies as questions remained Friday about enforcing the law's limited exceptions. The law allows abortions to save a...

Oklahoma passes strictest abortion ban; services to stop

May. 19, 2022 19:41 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governor signs it in the latest example of the GOP’s national push to restrict access to what has been a...

Oklahoma legislature approves ban on trans school bathrooms

May. 19, 2022 19:06 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Thursday approved a bill requiring public and public charter school students to use only the bathroom of the sex listed on their birth certificate. About a dozen conservative states have passed laws aimed at the transgender...

Providers say abortions won't be available in Oklahoma after the governor signs the state's latest anti-abortion bill

May. 19, 2022 16:29 PM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Providers say abortions won't be available in Oklahoma after the governor signs the state's latest anti-abortion bill.

EXPLAINER: GOP leaders announce deal on $9.8B spending plan

May. 17, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate announced an agreement Tuesday on a $9.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the largest in state history. Unlike previous years, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt was not included in a statement...

Grand jury report criticizes Oklahoma governor, parole board

May. 13, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board was so focused on releasing inmates that it cut corners and ignored internal processes that ultimately led to the release of an inmate who was later charged with three counts of first-degree murder, according to a grand jury report...

Keith Reed confirmed as Oklahoma health commissioner

May. 12, 2022 16:39 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday confirmed Keith Reed as Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick to be the state’s next health commissioner, the fourth since Stitt took office in 2019. Reed has been in various roles with the Oklahoma State Department of Health for nearly 20...

Watchdog: Oklahoma tourism deal cost taxpayers $12.4M

May. 12, 2022 16:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Amendments to a lucrative contract between the state and a barbecue restaurateur to build and operate restaurants at six state parks ballooned the cost of the project by $12.4 million, the head of a state watchdog agency told House lawmakers on Thursday. Mike...

Tornadoes strike Texas, Oklahoma, cause widespread damage

May. 06, 2022 01:47 AM EDT

SEMINOLE, Okla. (AP) — A storm system spawned several tornadoes that whipped through areas of Texas and Oklahoma, causing damage to a school, a marijuana farm and other structures. There were no reports of serious injuries following the Wednesday night tornadoes, but the system...

Oklahoma joins Texas in offering glimpse of "post-Roe" world

May. 04, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma joined Texas this week to form a region that parts of a nation divided over abortion care might look like if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling. While abortion providers across the country have been bracing for the...