Oklahoma City, OK – First bills filed for new Okla. Legislature
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The first bills of the new 53rd Oklahoma Legislature have been filed at the state Capitol.
Four Senate bills were filed Tuesday. The first two bills by Sen. John Ford, a Tulsa Republican, relate to education and teachers. Senate Bill 1 deletes certain hearing requirements from the Teacher Due Process Act.
Two other bills by Sens. James Wilson, a Tahlequah Democrat, and Mike Mazzei, a Tulsa Republican, deal with income and sales taxes.
Oklahoma City, OK – Newly elected and reelected members of the Oklahoma State Senate took their Oath of Office during a ceremony Tuesday in the Senate Chamber. The Oath was administered by Oklahoma State Supreme Court Vice-Chief Justice Steven W. Taylor.
Oklahoma City, OK – Fallin taps former lawmaker for ag post
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov.-elect Mary Fallin has announced former lawmaker and Farm Service Agency official Jim Reese will serve as secretary of agriculture in Fallin's administration.
The Nardin Republican served 14 years in the Oklahoma House before he was named executive director of the Oklahoma Farm Service Agency. He most recently served as a policy adviser to House Speaker Chris Benge, and has owned and operated Jim Reese Farms since 1978.
Tulsa, Oklahoma – A major accident this morning snarled traffic for 8-hours. A semi- carrying a load of frozen chickens, hit the I-44 bridge as it crossed over Yale. The Oklahoma Department of transportation kept the area closed until engineers could inspect the bridge, and clean up the chickens. The driver of the truck escaped safely and no one was hurt.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – A federal study shows Oklahomans had the fifth highest percentage of residents who lack consistent access to nutritious and well-balanced meals during the past three years.
The study released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service shows 15.2 percent of Oklahoma households were "food insecure" from 2007 to 2009. The percentage is up from 14.6 percent for the three-year period from 2004 to 2006.
Washington, D.C. – Okla. senators split, for and against earmarks
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's two U.S. senators, Jim Inhofe and Tom Coburn, are both Republicans, but find themselves split over a proposed moratorium on earmarks for spending federal money on specific projects.