Monday, March 27, 2023

House votes to censure Rep. Dean Davis, strip committees until apology over 'conduct unbecoming'

This afternoon, the State House overwhelmingly voted to censure Rep. Dean Davis and remove him from all committees until he makes a public apology for his actions related to his recent alcohol-fueled arrest.

Around 4pm, at the conclusion of the legislative day and after the House GOP caucused, State Rep. Anthony Moore made the following motion:

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Disgrace in the House: Speaker McCall needs to act to quell law-breaking legislator arrogance

Proverbs 20:1 says "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Some argue that the Bible does not explicitly prohibit the consumption of alcohol, but even the most ardent drunkard has to admit the the Bible has very strong warnings against intoxicating beverages.

One of the less-illustrious members of the Oklahoma Legislature, State Rep. Dean Davis (R-Broken Arrow), is in the news - again - for an alcohol-related arrest - again.

Hugo Lake Park would become state park again under bill passed by State Senate

Senate approves measure to restore state park status of Hugo Lake Park

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 23rd) – Sen. George Burns, R-Pollard, is the author of Senate Bill 675, which was approved Wednesday and would transfer Hugo Lake Park back to the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.

Cong. Lucas: Biden’s Land Grab An Offense To Private Property Rights

Biden’s Land Grab An Offense To Private Property Rights
by Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03)

In February I began hosting town hall meetings, inviting those who call Oklahoma’s Third Congressional District home out to discuss the issues most pressing in Washington and at home in Oklahoma. While there is a lot happening across the nation, there was one topic that came up time and time again that greatly troubles me: President Biden’s 30 by 30 Initiative.

The Biden Administration’s 30 by 30 land grab stems from a May 2021 report entitled, “America the Beautiful” Initiative. This Initiative establishes a vague directive to put restrictions on at least 30% of the United States’ lands and waters by 2030.

Small: Oklahoma must compete in education

Oklahoma must compete in education
By Jonathan Small

In the competition between states, there is no sitting still. Oklahoma could become a national leader in school choice this year.

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved House Bill 1935, which would provide all Oklahoma families a tax credit of $5,000 per student for private school or $2,500 for homeschooling.

That proposal would make Oklahoma one of the nation’s most attractive places to raise a child. But other states are not sitting still as Oklahoma policymakers conduct this debate.

Senate Pro Tem Treat names members of Economic Development Select Committee

Senate Pro Tem Treat Names Members of Economic Development Select Committee, Announces First Meeting Date

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 25th) – Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, today named the members of his previously announced senate economic development select committee and announced the first meeting date.

Bill protecting PreK-5 students from sexual content passes State House

Bill Protecting PreK-5 Students from Sexual Content Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 21st) – Rep. Terry O'Donnell, R-Catoosa, today passed a bill in the House that would prohibit any classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in grades preK-5. Any classroom instruction on these topics in grades 6-12 must be age appropriate for students.

"Conversations about a young child's sexual orientation or gender are best addressed between the child and their parents," O'Donnell said. "This measure is intended to protect a parent's fundamental right of being in charge of the narrative and dialogue on these topics and frankly over everything their child is learning in school."   

O'Donnell said a parent could still choose to involve an educator in these discussions, but the measure would preclude broader classroom instruction on these matters.

House Bill 2546 specifies that classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity shall not occur in pre-kindergarten through grade five or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.

O'Donnell said the bill is similar to Florida's Parental Rights Act passed last year. He said other states also are pursuing similar legislation and it has the support of parents. His bill does not prohibit sex education courses in older grades, but parents do have the option of opting out their child from such instruction.

HB 2546 now moves to the state Senate where it is authored by Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville.

Terry O'Donnell serves District 23 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. His district includes parts of Rogers, Tulsa and Wagoner counties.

OCPA praises House lawmakers for defending parents’ rights

OKLAHOMA CITY (March  23, 2023)— Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs President Jonathan Small today praised members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives for voting to prevent school officials from discussing sexual issues with young children.

Earlier this week, House lawmakers approved House Bill 2546, by state Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa.

The bill simply states, “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity shall not occur in kindergarten through grade five or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students.”

“Passage of this bill is a win for parents’ rights,” Small said. “Parents should have the right to determine the time, place and manner that issues like sexual orientation and gender identity will be discussed with their children. And most Oklahomans agree such discussions are inappropriate for the youngest children, such as those in kindergarten.”

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is a free-market think tank that works to advance principles and policies that support free enterprise, limited government, individual initiative and personal responsibility.

Saturday, March 25, 2023

State Senate passes bill to require seat belts for backseat passengers under 16

I'll be honest... I thought this was already the law:

Senate approves bill to require backseat passengers under 16 to wear a seat belt

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 22nd) – The Senate approved Senate Bill 681 Tuesday, which requires any backseat passenger that is 16 years old or younger to wear a properly fastened seat belt. Sen. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington, authored the measure that aims to reduce the number of injuries and deaths of youth involved in car accidents.

House, Senate pass multiple bills to reform and tighten marijuana laws

This past week was a busy one in the Legislature as it relates to approving legislation addressing marijuana reforms. Since the recreational marijuana state question went down in flames, legislators have made it clear that they interpret the results as voters indicating that medical program is in need of reining in.

I've bundled several press releases on related legislation into this post. Read on down to get the following:

  • Senate approves bill (SB 808) to allow OMMA director to shut down marijuana operations causing environmental damage
  • Attorney General Drummond lauds passage of bills (HB 2095, SBs 806 and 913) targeting illegal marijuana grow operations
  • Municipalities to gain greater control over marijuana business zoning under bill (SB 801) passed by Senate
  • Senate passes marijuana reforms to better protect youth and patients (SBs 437, 440, 439, 264, 645, 813)

Friday, March 24, 2023

State Senate votes to codify birth control access

It really is Orwellian 'newspeak' to call drugs and treatments that are oftentimes abortifacient (destroying life after fertilization) "pro-family".

Senate Republican women push protections for birth control access

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 23rd) – The Senate overwhelmingly passed a pro-family measure Wednesday that protects women’s freedom to access birth control. Senate Bill 368, by Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, and Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, includes protections for contraceptive drugs, surgeries such as tubal ligation, and other treatments provided by authorized healthcare providers. It passed in the Senate with a 40-7 vote and now goes to the Oklahoma House of Representatives for consideration. All five Republican women in the Senate voted in favor of the bill.  

State Rep. Hasenbeck's 'Women's Bill of Rights' passes State House

Hasenbeck Passes Women's Bill of Rights

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 23rd) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives has approved the Women's Bill of Rights, preserving biological sex as a distinct legal category.

Rep. Toni Hasenbeck, R-Elgin, authored House Bill 1449, which clarifies how people of both biological sexes are treated under state law by defining 'sex' as a person's biological sex, whether male or female, at birth. It also forbids unfair sex discrimination but allows for recognition of the differences between sex on issues related to biology, privacy, safety or fairness.

Congressman Brecheen sets telephone, in-person town halls over next two weeks

Congressman Josh Brecheen Announces First Telephone Town Hall

Washington, D.C. (March 23rd) – Congressman Josh Brecheen announced that he will host his first telephone town hall on Tuesday, March 28th at 7:00pm CT.

The telephone town hall comes after Congressman Brecheen has held 18 in-person town halls throughout Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District and recently announced 10 more in April.  

House passes anti-trafficking bill increasing penalties for purchasing prostitution; Dems bizarrely oppose

Huh. This anti-trafficking measure passed the House by a vote of 76-15. Of the 19 Democrats in the House, 15 voted against it, 4 voted for it, 1 missed the vote.

Bizarre. Sex trafficking disproportionately victimizes minority, immigrant, and at-risk women. The criminals that exploit them need to have the book thrown at them, not be coddled by leftist politicians.

House Passes Bill Increasing Penalties for Purchasing Prostitution Services 

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 22nd) – Rep. Eric Roberts, R-Oklahoma City, on Wednesday passed legislation in the Oklahoma House of Representatives that increases penalties for those who purchase prostitution services.

House Bill 2054 increases the penalty for someone who purchases prostitution services from a misdemeanor to a felony.

Elected officials blast Oklahoma Supreme Court for manufacturing limited 'right' to abortion out of thin air

I've been busy with work and other responsibilities, and missed posting about the Oklahoma Supreme Court decision the other day that manufactured a 'limited' "right" to abortion in the Oklahoma Constitution.

The majority opinion was joined by justices Douglas Combs, James Edmondson, Noma Gurich, Yvonne Kauger, and James Winchester. Of these five, Winchester is the lone justice appointed by a Republican governor, but I've warned about him previously and told people to vote to not retain him as a justice. Dissenting were Chief Justice John Kane IV, Vice Chief Justice Dustin Rowe, and justices Richard Darby and Dana Kuehn.

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Bullard measure to keep marijuana grows away from churches passes Senate

Fully support this:

Bullard measure to keep marijuana grows away from churches passes Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate approved legislation Tuesday to keep marijuana grow operations away from Oklahoma’s religious institutions. Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, authored the legislation to extend the same protections to churches as schools currently have regarding where grows can be established. Senate Bill 116 would create a 1,000 feet setback requirement from any place of worship for medical marijuana commercial grower facilities.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Drooling over more tax revenue, House passes bill to legalize sports betting

As I've said before (sarcastically, of course)... if there's just one thing Oklahoma needs more of, it's gambling. 🙄

House Approves Sports Betting

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 21st) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives gave the stamp of approval Tuesday to legislation to legalize sports betting and potentially bring in over $9 million a year to the state budget.

Bill protecting state pensions from ESG policies passes State House

Bill Protecting State Pensions from ESG Policies Passes House

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 20th) – Rep. Terry O'Donnell, R-Catoosa, today passed a bill in the House designed to continue protections of state pension funds from strategies that would be harmful to the state's energy industry.

House Bill 2547 would prevent any state-run pension fund from delegating its votes by proxy to entities that do not subscribe to Oklahoma's investment strategy as outlined in the measure. The bill is a follow-up to legislation co-authored by O'Donnell last year that restricts the investment of Oklahoma pension funds by firms that adopt strategies akin to Environmental Social Governance (ESG).

Congressman Brecheen speaks on House floor about the gravity of our national debt

Congressman Josh Brecheen Speaks on the Gravity of our National Debt During First House Floor Speech

This text has been adapted from Congressman Josh Brecheen’s first House floor speech. You can watch the full speech here, or below.

Monday, March 20, 2023

AG Drummond announces personnel, tipline to ensure compliance with open government

Drummond announces personnel, tipline to ensure compliance with open government

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 17, 2023) – Attorney General Gentner Drummond announced today that former state senator Anthony Sykes has joined the Office of the Attorney General to serve as public access counselor. As an assistant attorney general, Sykes will work with state, county and municipal government agencies and commissions to ensure they strictly comply with the Open Meetings and Open Records Acts.

Rep. Olsen: Fallacies abound in Pro-Abortion Bill – Senate Bill 834

Fallacies abound in Pro-Abortion Bill – Senate Bill 834
By State Rep. Jim Olsen (R-Roland)

Senate Bill 834 is the pro-abortion bill that Oklahomans For Life Chairman Tony Lauinger is pushing hard for, but is probably dead for this session.  There are numerous fallacies associated with this bill.  Here are just a few.

Saturday, March 18, 2023

OCPA column: Time to address illegal immigration, uninsured drivers [by giving lawbreakers licenses]

OCPA really is doubling down on giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants (by definition, repeat lawbreakers). So much for believing in the rule of law, eh?

Time to address illegal immigration, uninsured drivers
By Jonathan Small

There’s a link between illegal immigration and uninsured driving in Oklahoma. Those who enter our nation illegally cannot easily obtain auto insurance, yet they still drive on our roads every day. When those illegal immigrants are in a car accident, the other driver is then left footing the bill either out of pocket or through higher insurance premiums.

The best solution to this problem is for the federal government to control our nation’s borders. But, knowing that is not likely in the immediate future, state policymakers must take action to mitigate the harm caused by the federal government’s failure.

One way to reduce a share of the problems created by illegal immigration is for Oklahoma state lawmakers to authorize driver’s licenses for some illegal immigrants—even though that may sound counterintuitive.

Donald Trump coming to Tulsa this evening for NCAA Wrestling Championships

Former President Donald Trump will be in Tulsa this evening as a personal guest of U.S. Senator Markwayne Mullin at the NCAA Wrestling Championships at the BOK Center.

Mullin endorsed Trump's 2024 presidential campaign early last month, becoming the fifth sitting Senator to do so.

The Tulsa County GOP is organizing a welcome party:

Friday, March 17, 2023

House sends bill requiring school districts approve intra-district transfers to Senate

House Republicans Send Intra-District Transfer Policy to Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 14th) – The Oklahoma House of Representatives today gave approval to legislation that would make Oklahoma the first state to implement all five recommended open enrollment best practices for public K-12 schools.

House Bill 1936, authored by House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, requires school districts to approve all intra-district transfers unless the grade level of the receiving school is at capacity.

Pugh's education reform bills pass Senate by overwhelming margins

Pugh’s education reforms pass Senate overwhelmingly

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 14th) – The Senate overwhelmingly gave its bipartisan support Tuesday to the first round of major education reforms that will be moving through the process this session. Senate Education Committee and Appropriations Subcommittee chairman Adam Pugh, R-Edmond, authored the bills after months of meetings with educators, parents and other stakeholders about how to best improve Oklahoma’s education system.

Hamilton's bill to raise pay for election day poll workers passes Senate

Senate approves pay increase for election day poll workers

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 14th) – The full Senate approved Sen. Warren Hamilton’s bill to increase compensation for poll workers in Oklahoma. Senate Bill 290 would increase pay for election inspectors from $110 to $225 and pay for judges and clerks would double from $100 to $200.

Thursday, March 16, 2023

House passes bill amending "Slow Down, Move Over" law to protect emergency responders

House Approves Legislation to Protect First and Second Responders 

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 15th) – Rep. Neil Hays, R-Checotah, secured passage of a bill addressing the state's current "Slow Down, Move Over" law.

House Bill 2684 would mandate drivers approaching a stationary authorized emergency vehicle to reduce their speed to at least 10 miles per hour below the posted speed limit and increases fines for non-compliance.

AG Drummond asks State Auditor to perform investigative audit of Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

This should make Gary Richardson happy.

Or, as I saw someone else say, the first step to Making Turnpikes Free Again?

Drummond requests investigative audit of Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 15, 2023) – Amid swirling allegations involving the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA), Attorney General Gentner Drummond today requested that state Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd conduct an investigative audit of the agency.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023

OCPA supports drivers licenses for illegals because they're "already driving on our roads"

I admit to being somewhat baffled about the state of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs in recent years.

I was troubled by the antagonism and outright hostility they displayed toward valid concerns by the homeschool community last year when OCPA was pushing a "school choice" bill by Sen. Greg Treat. This was followed by the stunning announcement that OCPA supports expanding the sales tax to include services in Oklahoma, a multi-billion dollar tax hike primarily on the backs of small businesses.

Now? OCPA is seemingly abandoning all good sense and advocating in favor of giving drivers licenses to illegal immigrants because... "these people are already driving on our roads" and pay taxes?

There's been some serious compromise on their espoused conservative principles, and my bet is that it's likely driven by the folks with the purse strings that keep their lights on (for example, they've received millions over the years from groups like the Walton Family Foundation, which advocates liberal views of immigration).

Tremendously disappointing.

Read on for to see the serious disconnect in OCPA's logic for yourself:

Monday, March 13, 2023

State Senate approves bill adding first responders to school security drills

Senate approves bill adding first responders to school security drills

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 13th) – The Senate has vote unanimously for legislation to help improve the effectiveness of school security drills in Oklahoma.  Senate Bill 169, by Sen. Todd Gollihare, would require first responders to be on scene and directly involved in at least one security drill a year.

Current state law requires all public schools to conduct at least four security drills each school year.  Additional drills may be conducted at the discretion of the district.  Gollihare, R-Kellyville, said involving the first responders, who would be part of an actual emergency, will help enhance the effectiveness of these drills.

Sunday, March 12, 2023

State Senate approves bill to remove state park entry fees

Bill to remove state park entry fees approved by full Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 10th) – Senate Bill 637 was approved by the Senate on Wednesday. Burns’ bill eliminates state park entry fees with the exception of motor homes and travel trailers. The fees are not to exceed $8.

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Reps. Hern, Brecheen blast Biden's bloated budget proposal

President Biden released a 6.9 trillion dollar budget on Thursday, a $1.1T increase from his budget proposal for the past fiscal year. You can read some more about it here from The Federalist. There are nearly $5 trillion in tax hikes over the next decade as part of the plan, and massively increased spending across the sprawling, bloated federal government monstrosity.

Oklahoma Congressmen Kevin Hern (R, OK-01) and Josh Brecheen (R, OK-02) have some thoughts on the proposal. Read below:

Small: Education tax credit debate marred by lousy logic

Tax credit debate marred by lousy logic
By Jonathan Small

The state House of Representatives recently advanced a tax credit of $5,000 per child for private-school tuition. That has generated healthy debate on increasing educational opportunity in Oklahoma, although not all arguments put forth are valid.

One particularly egregious argument aired by opponents is that the education tax credit is somehow a wasteful giveaway. Ironically, some entities that tout the importance of “investing in education” now object to a tax credit that would … well, invest in education.

Friday, March 10, 2023

Rep. Olsen: The wrong kind of history is being made in the Pro-Life movement

The wrong kind of history is being made in the Pro-Life movement
By State Rep. Jim Olsen (R-Roland)

Something unprecedented is happening in the Pro-Life movement.

What do I mean?  Am I speaking of the overturning of Roe v. Wade last summer?  That was wonderful news, but no, that's not what I am referring to.

I am actually speaking about some very bad news.

First, let me give the background here.  Last year, the Oklahoma Legislature passed two outstanding bills to protect innocent, unborn life.  HB 4327 addressed civil law.  It was much like the Texas law on abortion that allowed civil lawsuits.  Our law was even better, because it went all the way back to conception, the beginning of life.

The other bill we passed addressed criminal law.  SB 612 made abortion a felony, with punishments up to 10 years in prison, and a fine up to $100,000.

These two bills combined make us the strongest state in the union to defend innocent, unborn life.  This is where we always wanted to be.  It is a dream come true!

So, what is the bad news then?  The bad news is that there is an organization that wants to weaken, water down, and partially dismantle our strongly pro-life laws.  Senate Bill 834 is a pro-choice bill that would add several exceptions to our laws against abortion, repeal our law against self-induced abortion, and protect contraceptives that act as abortifacients.  This is a significant loosening of our current law.

State House passes bills to allow ACT retake and examine graduation requirements

House Passes Bills to Allow ACT Retake and Examine Graduation Requirements

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 9th) – The House on Wednesday passed two bills to give high school seniors an additional opportunity to retake the ACT and to modernize state graduation requirements.

House Bills 2673 and 2675 are authored by Rep. Rhonda Baker, chair of the House Common Education Committee.

Oklahoma Legislature passes two election reform bills

Both chambers of the Oklahoma Legislature passed election reform measures this week. The State House passed HB 1415 (a trigger bill in case federal election laws conflict with state laws), while the Senate passed SB 426 (dealing with voter registration address accuracy). Read about both measures below:

Thursday, March 09, 2023

Bill requiring libraries to organize books into age-appropriate categories passes State Senate

Senate approves bill to organize books into age-appropriate categories

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 7th) – The full Senate has approved a bill to require school and public libraries to place books into sections labeled elementary, junior high, Under 16 or juniors and seniors.  Sen. Warren Hamilton, R-McCurtain, is the author of Senate Bill 397, which was approved by the Senate on Tuesday.

“There is a time and place for conversations about certain subjects, but some of those topics are not suitable for students to be reading about in school,” Hamilton said. “This bill will further efforts to protect children in Oklahoma by only allowing them to access books from libraries that are appropriate for their age.”

State Senate votes to strengthen law against illegal foreign ownership of Oklahoma land

Senate votes to strengthen law against illegal foreign ownership of Oklahoma land

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 8th) – A measure to stop the illegal purchase of Oklahoma land passed the Senate unanimously Wednesday. Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant, worked with the attorney general’s office in crafting Senate Bill 212 to keep non-U.S. citizens from directly or indirectly, through a business entity or trust, owning land in the state unless otherwise authorized by law.

“Oklahoma land is as rich for growing crops as it is with the heritage of hard-working people.  It is no wonder a lot of people want land here, including those from other countries,” Bullard said. “It is not an excuse to allow foreign nationals to buy up one of our most valuable resources, especially when they are cartels and from communist parties. We cannot continue to auction our state off to the highest criminal bidder.”

In wake of recreational defeat, senators call for guardrails on medical marijuana program

Sen. Garvin calls for more guardrails on medical marijuana program after recreational defeat

OKLAHOMA CITY (March 8th) - On the heels of Oklahomans’ overwhelming defeat of State Question 820 that would have legalized recreational marijuana, Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, Wednesday said the result of the recent election shows the state’s medical program needs reformed.

With more than 61% of voters rejecting the state question, not a single county voted in favor of the measure. Opposition to the question included industry leaders, educators, law enforcement officials and community leaders.

Oklahomans vote down recreational marijuana as SQ 820 fails in dramatic fashion

Recreational marijuana went up in flames, as Oklahoma voters on Tuesday gave State Question 820 a smashing defeat. In stunning fashion, the measure failed to win a single county in the state, despite millions of dollars spent by the 'Yes' side.

The final vote was 216,883 (38.32%) for the proposal, and 349,121 (61.68%) against the proposal.

Wednesday, March 08, 2023

State House passes bill to allow vehicle registration every 2 years

House Passes Davis Bill to Allow Vehicle Registration Every Two Years

OKLAHOMA CITY  (March 6th) – The House on Monday unanimously passed a bill that would allow personal vehicle owners the option of registering their personal vehicles every two years instead of just annually.

Tuesday, March 07, 2023

SQ 820: Early election returns show recreational marijuana falling well short of passage

The results are coming in, and the early trend leans toward State Question 820 (recreational marijuana legalization) falling short of passage.

Let's compare absentee and early vote totals from tonight versus 2018's State Question 788 (medical marijuana legalization). Some caveats: SQ788 was a June primary in a gubernatorial election year, while SQ820 is a March primary as the lone ballot item statewide; turnout will be vastly different, but pay attention to the percentages.

AG Drummond on marijuana: will we let this state be invaded by Mexican cartels, Chinese operatives?

Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond had some sharp words to say about the crime invasion Oklahoma has been experiencing with the marijuana industry, which is sure to increase if State Question 820 passes today and brings full-on recreational marijuana to our state:

Oklahoma’s new chief law enforcement officer says the state’s inundation with illegal marijuana production and distribution has unleashed significant new challenges to public safety and general law and order.

Voters will decide Tuesday whether it should be legal to possess and grow marijuana for personal, recreational use in the state.

In his first appearance at the Tulsa Press Club since being sworn into office, Attorney General Gentner Drummond said that for him, “The question is not shall we smoke or not smoke marijuana. The question is: Will we let this state be invaded by Mexican cartels, Central American cartels and Chinese operatives that are absolutely destroying our state?”

Be a weed-killer: vote today AGAINST State Question 820's recreational marijuana legalization

I can't expound on this any better than others have. Oklahoma has enough problems without exponentially exacerbating marijuana's hostile takeover of our state.

Please vote no on State Question 820.

Check out these links for reasons on why to vote no:

Monday, March 06, 2023

Public School Administrators urge NO vote on SQ 820

School Administrators Urge NO Vote on SQ 820
OKCPS Superintendent Sean McDaniel: “Legalizing recreational marijuana for adults will lead to more children having access and trying it”

(March 6th) School administrators from across the state gathered at the state capitol today to encourage a NO vote on SQ 820, the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in the state.   All speakers iterated they were making these statements as individuals with experience in our schools and were not speaking on behalf of the entities where they are employed.

Muskogee Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall led off the event.  “Under the cover of the state’s medical marijuana program, we have seen an increase in students using marijuana.  SQ 820 will increase that access and puts our schools in a very difficult situation because marijuana’s use is so difficult to detect. As educators our goal is to maximize a student’s ability to achieve, but marijuana strikes at that very core.  Ingesting THC as the adolescent brain is actively developing has horrible consequences. Marijuana use among those under 25 harms brain development including difficulty in thinking, problem solving, and memory loss,” Mendenhall stated.

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Small: state sovereignty, government accountability, warrant protection

State sovereignty, government accountability, warrant protection
By Jonathan Small

A state’s citizens have the right to self-government. They also have the right to hold government officials accountable.

Most Oklahomans support both concepts. But they are under attack via a proposed federal regulation related to declaring a “public health emergency.”

Fortunately, Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond is pushing back.

Lankford, Rubio reintroduce bill to make Daylight Saving Time permanent

Lankford Continues Work to Make Daylight Saving Time Permanent

WASHINGTON, DC (March 2nd) - Ahead of Daylight Saving Time, Senators James Lankford (R-OK) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) reintroduced the Sunshine Protection Act of 2023 for the 118th Congress. The legislation would end the antiquated practice of changing clocks twice a year.

Saturday, March 04, 2023

Cong. Brecheen: "There is an invasion at our Southern border…No state is safe from its impact"

Congressman Josh Brecheen: “There is an invasion at our Southern border…No state is safe from its impact”

Washington, D.C. (Feb. 28th) – Congressman Josh Brecheen participated in the House Homeland Security Committee’s first full committee hearing entitled, “Every State is a Border State: Examining Secretary Mayorkas’ Border Crisis.”

The hearing discussed the widespread and debilitating impact President Biden’s border crisis is having on communities across the United States.

State Election Board offers tips, reminders for Oklahoma voters ahead of Tuesday election

State Election Board Offers Tips, Reminders for Oklahoma Voters

(Oklahoma City || March 3rd) – Voters head to the polls Tuesday, March 7 for a special state question election. Some voters also have county questions and local propositions on the ballot. The State Election Board offers these tips and reminders to Oklahoma voters.