House panel approves protection for conversion therapy

Posted by Steve Bennett

An Oklahoma House committee has approved a bill by Rep. Sally Kern to protect the use of “conversion therapy” for same-sex attraction. Kern says the bill is needed to protect parental rights in the face of efforts in other states to ban the controversial practice. Opponents say the measure is unnecessary, and argue conversion therapy is harmful to children.

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House votes to stop certain payroll deductions

Posted by Bob Sands

HB 1749 prohibits payroll deductions to labor unions that negotiate with the state for member contracts. Opponents argue the bill was aimed only at the Oklahoma Education Association and was hypocritical. Supporters say it is immoral for the state to collect the dues because it amounts to a state subsidy.

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Trials of cannabidiol to treat epilepsy approved by House subcommittee

Posted by Steve Bennett

A house subcommittee has approved a bill to allow clinical trials of cannabidiol. House Bill 2154 creates Katie’s Law which would allow for the use of cannabidiol for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy in a clinical trial. Rep. Jon Echols said he became interested in the issue because his 10-year-old niece has seizures and has been diagnosed with Dravet syndrome, a form of epilepsy.

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Natalie Shirley Named to Cabinet Post

Posted by Dick Pryor

Natalie Shirley Chosen for Cabinet

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Wind Energy Tax Credits

Posted by Steve Bennett

A senate panel considers the impact of wind energy tax credits.

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