Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. voters to decide health mandate
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma voters will decide whether to change the state Constitution and opt out of a federal health care mandate requiring them to purchase health insurance policies.
A measure that received final passage in the state Senate Tuesday will appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. If approved, it will prohibit penalties for failure to purchase insurance and allow doctors to continue to accept direct payment.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Legislature overrides third abortion veto
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Republican-controlled Oklahoma Legislature has successfully overridden Democratic Gov. Brad Henry's third veto of an abortion bill this session.
The Senate voted 33-15 on Tuesday to override Henry's veto of the Statistical Abortion Reporting Act. A handful of anti-abortion Democrats joined with Republicans to reach the 32-vote majority needed to override the veto.
The House easily voted to override the veto on Monday.
Tulsa, OK – A proposal for increasing parking meter fees and operation hours will be studied more. Downtown businessman Michael Sagar was among those asked the city council for more revenue.
City Councilor Maria Barnes---who represents downtown--- thinks it is a dangerous idea in the middle of downtown revitalization. The proposal would raise parking rates to $1 per-hour and increase enforcement till 8P.M. Currently enforcement ends at 5P.M.
The council will consider the plan in 60-days after getting more downtown input.
Tulsa, OK – A proposal for a one-cent public safety tax receives a chilly reception from members of the city council. The proposal from councilor Jack Henderson will go to a council vote Thursday night.Henderson's proposal would sent the measure to a vote of the people.
Councilor John Eagleton says the proposal would only make Tulsa's problems worse and force people to shop in the suburbs where, in some cases, sales taxes are less. Other councilors voiced their displeasure with the idea during this morning's committee meeting.