An attorney for two state lawmakers and a firefighter's organization says Oklahoma's new workers' compensation law is unconstitutional and should be struck down.
Attorney John McMurry told a state Supreme Court referee Thursday that the law unconstitutionally delegates legislative powers and amounts to unconstitutional logrolling, or combining multiple subjects into one bill.
Oklahoma Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick and attorneys for business groups defended the law and say it should be given a chance to work.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt told a congressional committee in Washington that he will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to review the state's regional haze lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Pruitt spoke Thursday before a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power that is overseeing EPA's proposed new greenhouse gas rules that affect electricity generation.
Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 4:58 pm
Janet Yellen cleared a key hurdle Thursday, as her confirmation hearing to become the next chair of the Federal Reserve went smoothly. There were only a few snags in roughly two hours of questions and discussions between Yellen and members of the Senate banking committee.
Many of the senators lauded Yellen's extensive experience, as well as her adherence to views they heard her discuss in private meetings on Capitol Hill in recent weeks.
Originally published on Thu November 14, 2013 2:21 pm
Among the Affordable Care Act's accomplishments is that it took the remarkable Democratic Party unity that existed during the government shutdown and smashed it to smithereens in near record time.
In sharp contrast to the image of Democrats standing shoulder to shoulder with President Obama during the recent fiscal fight, it's distance from Obama, not proximity to the president, that many Democrats are now seeking.
The problems of the HealthCare.gov site and the poor first-month enrollment numbers released Wednesday are bad enough.
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President Obama announced Thursday that Americans who have had their health insurance plans canceled because of his Affordable Care Act can keep those plans for another year if they wish.
Those cancellations — most effective on Jan. 1 — have sparked intense criticism of the ACA, in part because the president pledged many times that if Americans liked the health plans they had, they wouldn't have to give them up under the terms of his program.
U.S. Rep. Tom Cole has been appointed chairman of the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee on the Legislative Branch.
The subcommittee — along with its counterpart in the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee — oversees funding for the House of Representatives, Architect of the Capitol, Library of Congress, Capitol Police, Congressional Budget Office, Government Printing Office, Government Accountability Office and House committees.
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is expected to testify before a congressional committee in Washington.
Pruitt will discuss energy and environmental issues on Thursday with members of a U.S. House Subcommittee on Energy and Power. The panel is overseeing the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new greenhouse gas rules that affect electricity generation.
A conservative activist says he's launching an initiative petition campaign to limit the terms of Oklahoma City's mayor and City Council members.
Bob Dani says he needs about 6,000 signatures of Oklahoma City voters to have the proposal placed on a citywide ballot. Dani is the moderator of the "High Noon Club," a weekly political forum at a local gun club, and a Republican who lost a race for an Edmond-area House seat in 2012.