Latest Oklahoma State Legislature News

Oklahoma governor signs gaming compacts with two more tribes

Jul. 3, 2020 6:24 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — New gaming compacts have been signed with two additional Indian tribes, according to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Though Stitt on Thursday described the compacts with the Kialegee Tribal Town and Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians as promoting economic development, Matthew Morgan, the...

Black caucus leaders pan Oklahoma governor's race panel

Jun. 8, 2020 6:11 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders with Oklahoma's Legislative Black Caucus criticized Gov. Kevin Stitt's weekend roundtable on race for what they say was a lack of diversity on the panel. State Reps. Regina Goodwin of Tulsa and Jason Lowe of Oklahoma City, both Democrats, said the roundtable discussion on...

Oklahoma justices asked to settle compact tiff with governor

Jun. 4, 2020 3:56 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican legislative leaders asked the state Supreme Court on Thursday to settle whether Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority when he reached deals with two Native American tribes to allow sports gambling. That was Attorney General Mike Hunter’s...

Oklahoma high court says redistricting petition can go ahead

May. 27, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group that wants a bipartisan commission, instead of state lawmakers, to redraw Oklahoma’s legislative and congressional districts may proceed with its initiative petition, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The high court said the petition by the group People Not...

House floor leader Rep. Jon Echols, left, R-Oklahoma City, speaks with House Minority Leader Rep. Emily Virgin, right, D-Norman, and Rep. David Perryman, rear, D-Chickasha, Friday, May 22, 2020, in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Legislature approved a resolution that calls for sweeping powers granted to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month. The Republican-controlled Legislature also voted to override Stitt's veto of several bills. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Legislature OKs letting governor's emergency powers expire

May. 22, 2020 7:33 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up its 2020 session on Friday after approving a resolution that calls for sweeping powers granted to the governor under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month. The resolution calls for powers granted to the governor under the...

A man wearing a face mask for protection against COVID-19 passes a business that has reopened in San Antonio, Thursday, May 14, 2020. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton has warned officials in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas that the cities could face lawsuits if they do not relax coronavirus measures he says go further than state law allows. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Tensions rise as Texas governor readies to lift more rules

May. 15, 2020 8:14 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Two weeks into the reopening of Texas, coronavirus cases are climbing. New outbreaks still crop up. And at Guero's Taco Bar in Austin, which offers the occasional celebrity sighting, a log of every diner and where they sat is begrudgingly in the works. “It seems like a huge...

FILE - In this Monday, May 11, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma House narrowly approved a bill that will increase a fee that hospitals pay from 2.5% to 4% that would generate about $134 million annually to help fund the state's share of Stitt's proposed Medicaid expansion. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Legislature passes bills to boost Medicaid funding

May. 15, 2020 8:06 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-controlled Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval Friday to two separate measures designed to boost funding for the state's Medicaid program. The House narrowly approved a bill that will increase a fee that hospitals pay from 2.5% to 4% that would generate about $134...

Oklahoma House OKs bill to strip power from local officials

May. 14, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House narrowly approved a bill on Thursday to strip some power during health emergencies from mayors and other local officials. The bill would make several changes to the Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act, conferring broad authority on the governor and others during...