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A bill that would save Oklahoma $84 million by changing Medicaid income requirements passed out of the state Senate Monday.

The measure would would change parent and caretaker group income requirements from 41 percent of the federal poverty level to 20 percent, a move that would make more than 43,000 currently covered adults ineligible for Medicaid.

Senator Josh Brecheen (R-Coalgate) is one of the bill's authors. He says the adults who lose coverage under his plan could get health care on a sliding scale from a federally qualified health center.

In 1999, a Minnesota educator was removed from teaching biology, after school administrators learned he was focusing on creationism, and not evolution.

A bill now heading to the Oklahoma House floor would protect teachers from such backlash, if they chose to do something similar.

The House General Government Oversight and Accountability Committee voted 4-3 Thursday to send the Senate-passed bill to the House floor for a vote.

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Some Oklahoma legislators have big concerns about the newly proposed academic standards.

Both the House and the Senate have filed measures seeking to disapprove the standards until changes are made. The House also filed a second measure to approve them.

Senator Josh Brecheen is leading the charge against the standards on the Senate side, and said they need more work before they hit teacher’s desks. His main concern is that neither set of standards, in English or math, contain examples for teachers to follow.