Showing: April, 2014
Sen. Constance Johnson's press conference on death penalty
Speakers: Sen. Constance N. Johnson D-Oklahoma County; Rep. Seneca Scott D-Tulsa; Brady Henderson, Legal Director for ACLU Oklahoma; Linita Henrickson, one of Charles Warner's attorneys; and Garland Pruitt, president of NAACP Oklahoma branch.

The full Senate has given unanimous approval to a plan aimed at countering the impact of proposed federal legislation taxing Internet sales. The federal Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 would require Internet sales tax collections on businesses that don’t have a substantial physical presence in the state.

Sen. Clark Jolley is the author of the measure creating the Marketplace Equalization Fund, which was approved Wednesday as an amendment to HB 2720. The act would only become effective if Congress approves the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013.
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Sen. Jolley explains measure to protect Oklahomans from higher tax burden.
Weekly Q & A with Senate President Pro Tempore (Week 12)

The state Senate has unanimously approved House Bill 2526, legislation intended to address Oklahoma’s domestic violence crisis. Authored by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Kay Floyd, the proposal creates a series of research-based questions that will be asked to domestic violence victims by responding law enforcement officers.
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Sen. Holt explains domestic violence bill.

The full Senate has given unanimous approval to a bill prohibiting employers from requesting or requiring current or prospective employees to give them access to their personal social media accounts. Sen. Kyle Loveless, R-Oklahoma City, and Rep. John Trebilcock, R-Broken Arrow, are the authors of House Bill 2372. The Senate approved the bill on Wednesday with a vote of 41 to 0.
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Sen. Loveless on social media privacy bill.

The Senate has given its approval to a measure modifying Oklahoma’s Reading Sufficiency Act. Those changes are contained in House Bill 2625, by Sen. Gary Stanislawski, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa. The measure was approved 43 to1 by the full Senate on Wednesday.
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Sen. Stanislawski discusses changes to Reading Sufficiency Act.

The full Senate has given unanimous approval to a measure aimed at protecting the rights of parents to decide how best to raise their children. House Bill 1384, by Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, and Rep. Sally Kern, R-Oklahoma City, is also known as the “Parents Bill of Rights.”
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Sen. Griffin explains Parents Bill of Rights legislation.
Weekly Q & A with Senate President Pro Tempore (Week 10)
Pro Tem Bingman begins by discussing horizontal drilling tax...

A bill requiring current photos of registered sex offenders in the state has been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Senate Bill 1444, by Sen. David Holt and Rep. Elise Hall, will provide for updated photographs for Oklahoma’s online sex offender registry.

Under the provisions of SB 1444, when sex offenders check in with local law enforcement, which they are already required to do, their photo must be updated if it is more than a year old.
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Sen. Holt says new law will strengthen the sex offender registry.
Weekly Q & A with Senate President Pro Tempore (Week 9)