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‚Äôs a divisive national¬†issue that‚Äôs 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
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‚Äôs action as a benign clarification of existing rules meant to reduce confusion for farmers and ranchers, not further burden them. Senator Jim Inhofe wasn‚Äôt buying it.
Oklahoma lawmakers gathered for the first official day of the legislative session Monday to hear Governor Mary Fallin‚Äôs annual State of the State address.
As the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange‚Äôs 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‚Äôs call to concentrate on education, healthcare and criminal justice reform this legislative session.
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‚Äôs 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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.¬†