Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State education officials say Oklahoma schools will face an 8.9 percent funding cut for the upcoming fiscal year, not the 2.9 percent being touted by lawmakers. During a state Board of Education meeting, assistant state superintendent for finance James White said the lower figure was based using an adjusted appropriation figure for March instead of what the Legislature originally promised common education last May for the current fiscal year.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. Legislature OKs bill to consolidate agencies
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) A bill to consolidate two state agencies and modify the health care benefits system for state workers is heading to the governor's desk.
The bill approved Thursday in the House and Senate merges the Oklahoma State and Education Employees Group Insurance Board and the Oklahoma Employees Benefits Council into one new agency. The new entity will be called the Oklahoma Health and Wellness Board.
Tulsa, OK – The City of Tulsa, Youth Services of Tulsa and other local and state officials, took part in the ceremonial ribbon cutting today at the new Tulsa Area Community Intervention Center (CIC), which is set to open Tuesday, June 1. Youth Services of Tulsa will manage the day to day operations of the center, which will be open 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, located at the former 911-Center, 6th and Denver.
Oklahoma City, OK – Gov. Brad Henry late Wednesday night vetoed abortion legislation that would have punished rape and incest victims who did not report the crimes against them within a specified time frame by denying them insurance coverage for an abortion.
Among other things, House Bill 3290 would have required these rape and incest victims to purchase special and separate abortion insurance before they were victimized in order to obtain an abortion covered by their health insurance policy.