Senators requested a total of 55 interim studies by Friday’s deadline for submitting their proposals. ECapitol reports the proposed studies cover a variety of different issues.
Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, for example, requested a study of the certification process for dialysis centers, Interim Study Request 2013S-22.
Sen. Rob Johnson, R-Yukon, has requested a study of the taxes and youth access to e-cigarettes. Johnson was the author of one bill related to the issue during the legislative session and contributed language concerning the products for another bill, neither of which was approved.
A man trying to stay off the grid, one who already is, and an opportunity for those longing for simpler days highlight this week’s OneSix8.
In 2009, U.K. citizen David Bond set out to completely disappear from the state’s surveillance programs. In his attempt to fly under the radar in the world’s third most intrusive surveillance country, he left his pregnant wife and child. Soon, Bond discovered just how much the government knew about him and his family as two private investigators began tracking him across the state.
Plaintiff Edith Windsor of New York waves to supporters in front of the Supreme Court in Washington after the court heard arguments on her Defense of Marriage Act case.
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Michael Knaapen (left) and his husband, John Becker, embrace outside the Supreme Court after news of the justices' ruling. DOMA prohibited married gay couples from receiving the same federal benefits that straight couples are granted.
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The court also cleared the way for gay marriages to resume in California. One of the attorneys in that case, David Boise (center), speaks as he's surrounded by plaintiffs in the case, couples Paul Katami (from left) and Jeff Zarrillo, and Sandy Stier and Kris Perry.
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Brandon Benoit, Martha Acevedo (left) and Briana Castaneda celebrate the Supreme Court rulings at Equality California, a nonprofit civil rights organization that advocates for the rights of LGBT people.
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Allan Hoyle of North Carolina (center) protests gay marriage outside the Supreme Court.
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At San Francisco's City Hall, supporters of gay marriage celebrate the Supreme Court DOMA ruling.
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, in a major victory for supporters of same-sex marriage, who cheered the ruling outside the court.
The official clock ran out on Texas lawmakers overnight, which effectively killed a bill that would have dramatically restricted abortion in the nation's second most populous state. Hours of chaos and confusion in Austin finally lifted as Texas Senate leaders decided that the vote on Senate Bill 5 did not clear a constitutionally-mandated hurdle that it pass before midnight.
This October 2011 photo provided by Melanie Capobianco shows her adoptive daughter, Veronica, trick-or-treating in Charleston, S.C. The Supreme Court handed down a decision Tuesday in favor of the Capobiancos, who sued after Veronica was returned to her biological father under the Indian Child Welfare Act.
In a complex and heart-wrenching case, a divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the parental rights of a Native American father may be terminated if he has failed to establish a history of "continued custody" of his biological child.
The decision in Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, however, is viewed as narrow and leaves intact the the 1978 federal law known as the Indian Child Welfare Act. The law was designed to stop the historically brutal and improper removal of Native American children from their families for adoption or foster care by white parents.
By a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court has struck down a key provision of the landmark 1965 Voting Rights Act that establishes a formula to identify states that may require extra scrutiny by the Justice Department regarding voting procedures.