Rep. Jon Echols said he plans to look at the strength of current Oklahoma roofing code, both by looking at existing regulations and how they are enforced, during an interim study.
“We’re going to bring in all parties, regulatory parties, the roofers, and any interested parties, and talk a little bit about what’s going on in the state and out of state with roofers following Oklahoma roofing code,” said Echols (R-Oklahoma City).
The decision last week by Spirit AeroSystems to lay off 360 employees from its facilities in Kansas and Oklahoma is causing one lawmaker to question economic incentives the company receives from the state.
Representative Mike Reynolds says he is “disgusted” that the Oklahoma Quality Jobs Program would give millions of taxpayer dollars to Spirit for job creation at the same time the company is reducing its workforce.
A news release from Reynolds says the aircraft parts manufacturer received two payments through the program for more than 2-million dollars.
After a Republican steamroll in Oklahoma in 2010 flipped every statewide elected office to the GOP, very few strong Democratic candidates are emerging to take on entrenched GOP incumbents like Gov. Mary Fallin and others.
With the 2014 elections a little more than one year away and a key campaign finance filing deadline at midnight on Wednesday, most of those on the OklahomaDemocrats' already thin political bench appear to be taking a pass on 2014.
At the July Oklahoma Department of Corrections board meeting, officials announced the approval of moving 310 more Oklahoma inmates to the Cimarron Correctional Facility, a private prison in Cushing.
The move was just the latest in a recent shift of state inmates to three private prisons in Oklahoma. Since July 2008, the number of Oklahoma inmates in private prisons has grown by 32 percent, from 4,264 to 5,625 in July 2013.
Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst who perpetrated the largest leak of classified information in U.S. history, has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him.
Col. Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case in Fort Meade, Md., found the Army private not guilty of aiding the enemy, when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks. The charge carried a possible punishment of life in prison.
A South Carolina judge is set to consider how to transfer a girl of Cherokee heritage from her biological father in Oklahoma to the couple seeking to adopt her.
Court records show Matt and Melanie Capobianco have a hearing in family court in Charleston on Wednesday.
The couple has been seeking to adopt the now-3-year-old girl of Cherokee heritage since her birth. The girl's biological father challenged the attempt, saying federal law favored the girl being raised by him.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma is calling for an investigation of a drug task force in Caddo County that uses a private contracting company to help run drug stops of motorists on Interstate 40.
The ACLU asked the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to launch an investigation on Monday. It also called for charges to be filed against contractors from Desert Snow, who the ACLU says appear to be impersonating police officers in violation of state law.