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"A Bitter Pill": Hobby Lobby Ruling Raises Fear, Questions
July 07th, 2014

By: Kimberly Atkins Dolan Media Newswires June 30, 2014

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court held that the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employer-funded health care plans cover certain contraceptives at no cost to employees violates the statutory rights of religious owners of closely held private companies.
The 5-4 decision, released Monday, is a blow to the Obama administration that may hint at how a similar challenge may play out next year.
The decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. provided a limited, common-sense statutory interpretation of the law, according to lawyers for the companies challenging the mandate and other em...more
Minority Leader Decries "Broken Promise" and Requests Attorney General Opinion
June 12th, 2014

~~FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: House Democratic Leader Scott Inman
Capitol: (405) 557-7370
 
            OKLAHOMA CITY – The state House Minority Leader today requested an Attorney General’s opinion on the constitutionality of a legislative dictate that diverted almost $7.9 million from the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program.

            “The Legislature broke its promise to thousands of Oklahoma college students this year, and we think that was unconstitutional as well as immoral,” said Rep. Scott Inma...more

Public Schools Cope with Avalanche of Mandates, Rep. Cannaday Says Stigler Teacher Asks for Trust
March 26th, 2014
~~OKLAHOMA CITY – The education rally planned at the State Capitol on March 31 is needed to focus public attention on the crises “our public schools are experiencing,” state Rep. Ed Cannaday said Tuesday.
            Oklahoma’s 517 public school districts are “operating under a 2008 funding level and an avalanche of unfunded state and federal mandates, while coping with 40,000 more students,” the Porum Democrat said.
            The education rally, Cannaday added, “was not initiated by ‘unions’ or ‘association...more
Pay Raises for State Officials But Not For Teachers by Representative Mike Brown
February 19th, 2014

~~OKLAHOMA CITY -- It would be unconscionable for pay raises to be approved this year for state elected officials but not for school teachers, Rep. Mike Brown asserted Wednesday.
            Although the Legislature has 2.6 percent less money to spend this year than it appropriated last year, “We could easily afford a teacher pay hike with just a couple of actions that would not require a tax increase,” the Tahlequah Democrat said.
            An across-the-board pay raise for teachers would cost an estimated $230 million, analysts have calculated.
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