Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Monday allowing cities and counties to restrict tobacco use at parks, libraries, golf courses, baseball fields and other properties beginning Nov. 1.
The bill by State Sen. Frank Simpson (R-Ardmore) and State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore) also formalizes Fallin’s executive order issued last year banning tobacco use in state-owned buildings and on state property.
Ownbey says putting the governor’s executive order into statute needed to be done, and local control is something lawmakers always talk about.
By KIM ARCHER World Staff Writer on Apr 30, 2013, at 2:28 AM Updated on 4/30/13 at 7:38 AM School testing came to a halt statewide early Monday because the CTB/McGraw-Hill testing company servers in New Jersey crashed around 9 a.m., state education officials said.
The Oklahoma Senate has approved a Republican-backed plan to overhaul the state's workers' compensation system, sending the proposal to Gov. Mary Fallin for her likely signature.
The nearly 300-page bill went through several rewrites and adjustments before passing the House, and the Senate approved the House version with a 35-12 vote Tuesday along party lines. All Democrats present opposed the bill.
(We updated the top of this post with a recap at 11:45 a.m. ET.)
Joking that a reporter's question Tuesday about whether he has "any juice" left to get things done in Washington made it sound like "I should just pack up and go home," President Obama paraphrased Mark Twain:
"Rumors of my demise may be a little exaggerated," the president said, as he predicted that an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws will be among the things that get accomplished in his second term.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Battles over the regulation of tobacco products are continuing to rage at the Oklahoma Capitol, and anti-smoking forces plan to continue the fight after the Legislature adjourns by seeking a statewide vote on restricting smoking in public places.
Several tobacco-related measures also have been working through the legislative process. Included is a measure awaiting Gov. Mary Fallin's signature that would designate all state-owned buildings and property as nonsmoking.
Bangladeshi rescue workers take a break Friday on the rubble of a building that collapsed Wednesday in Savar, near Dhaka, Bangladesh. By Friday, the death toll reached 300 as rescuers continued to search for injured and missing.
Originally published on Tue April 30, 2013 6:57 pm
Several arrests have been made in connection with the collapse of an illegally constructed garment factory in Bangladesh last week that killed at least 380 people outside the capital, Dhaka. Meanwhile, rescuers say they have given up hope of finding anyone else alive.
Listen to details on the building collapse in Bangladesh from Sima Bhowmik, a radio journalist working with KGOU as part of a U.S. State Dept. professional exchange program.
Sima Bhowmik, a journalist with ABC radio in Bangladesh, is working at KGOU for several weeks as part of a U.S. State Dept. program. She is following the unfolding events of the building collapse in her country.
Bhowmik made contact with another reporter in the country, and provides details of the connection between the owner of the building and a political party.