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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Oklahoma Right-to-Farm Legislation About More Than Agricultural Practices

Attendees listen as former Missouri state senator Wes Shoemeyer speaks against Amendment 1 at the Missouri’s Food for America sign-making event at Café Berlin Friday, June 27, 2014 in Columbia, Missouri.
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Oklahoma voters have at least a year before seeing ads for and against state questions on the ballot in November 2016. But you might want to get used to hearing this phrase now: right-to-farm.

It’s a divisive national issue that’s made its way to the Sooner State, one that puts agriculture at odds with environmentalists and animal rights advocates.

In Missouri,¬†it was a fight¬†between two sides that loathe each other. The right-to-farm amendment narrowly passed there in 2014, and not until after a recount. Part of Missouri‚Äôs constitution now¬†reads like this: ‚ÄúThe right of farmers and ranchers to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state.‚ÄĚ

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:17 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Inhofe, Pruitt Attack EPA Over Water Rules

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A rare joint Congressional hearing in Washington Wednesday took up the issue of ‚ÄėWaters of the United States,‚Äô the EPA‚Äôs attempt to more clearly define which bodies of water qualify for federal protection under the Clean Water Act.

As StateImpact‚Äôs Logan Layden reports, Republicans at the hearing ‚ÄĒ including Oklahoma‚Äôs senior senator and state attorney general ‚ÄĒ are convinced the move is a vast overreach of the EPA‚Äôs power that will place everything from ditches to farm ponds under government control.

Administrator Gina McCarthy explained the EPA’s action as a benign clarification of existing rules meant to reduce confusion for farmers and ranchers, not further burden them. Senator Jim Inhofe wasn’t buying it.

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Politics
8:11 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Democrats React to Governor's State of the State

Scott Inman

Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for the first official day of the legislative session Monday to hear Governor Mary Fallin’s annual State of the State address.

As the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange’s Kate Carlton Greer reports, the Democratic Party praised the governor for finding focus in her initiatives.

Democratic Minority Leader Scott Inman described his party as being cautiously optimistic following the Fallin’s call to concentrate on education, healthcare and criminal justice reform this legislative session.

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Local News
11:22 am
Mon January 26, 2015

AG Pruitt Files for Stays Pending SCOTUS Review of Execution Protocol

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed an application for stays of execution before the United States Supreme Court Monday morning.

The Attorney General has asked for the stays of execution of three death row inmates until a resolution in the State’s favor of the U.S. Supreme Court action in Glossip v. Gross, the petition for review the Supreme Court accepted last week, or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has obtained a viable alternative of drugs for use ­in the executions.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri January 9, 2015

The New Legislative Session is Coming

KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the "Hoodie Bill" and conservatives asking AG Scott Pruitt to stop the lawsuit over Colorado marijuana laws.

They also discuss lawmakers getting ready for the new session, gas prices impacting the state budget, and Oklahoma's first execution since April 2014.

Around the Nation
7:07 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Neighboring States Challenge Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Law

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Marijuana
2:32 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Oklahoma and Nebraska Challenge Colorado Marijuana Legalization

A legal marijuana growing operation in Colorado.
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Nebraska and Oklahoma are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado's legalization of marijuana unconstitutional.

Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning announced Thursday that the states are seeking a court order to prevent Colorado from enforcing a measure that was approved by voters in 2012. Bruning says Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is also a party to the lawsuit.

The complaint alleges that Colorado's Amendment 64 runs afoul of federal law.

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:55 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Scott Pruitt's Alliance with Energy Companies

In This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the New York Times article alleging a secret alliance between Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt and energy companies.


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Immigration
6:04 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Pruitt Adds Oklahoma to List of States Suing Obama

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is adding Oklahoma to the list of 20 states suing President Barack Obama over his executive action to spare from deportation nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

Pruitt announced Tuesday that Oklahoma would join the multistate lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas.

In a statement, Pruitt said the president's executive actions are "unlawful and unconstitutional."

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:49 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

NY Times: Pruitt a Leader in ‚ÄėSecretive Alliance‚Äô Between Attorneys General and Energy Industry

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorneys general in at least a dozen states have formed an ‚Äėunprecedented, secretive alliance‚Äô with the energy industry to fight federal environmental regulations,¬†The New York Times¬†Eric Lipton¬†reports.¬†

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