OKPNS has been covering Oklahoma’s immigration reform bill, HB 1804 extensively since it was first authored, and there have been some interesting developments this week, as opponents of the legislation plot with our state’s energy companies, regents for higher education, treasurer’s office and others to have the bill repealed.
We would like to know if our readers think HB 1804 is good or bad for Oklahoma. Please give us your opinion, below.
Earlier in the week, OKPNS wrote about a family in Bartlesville who has filed a federal complaint against Oklahoma because the Drivers License test was not in their native language (Farsi). We would like to know if you think the state of Oklahoma should have to comply with such requests.
Sally Kern has recently received criticism for remarks she made in the Oklahoma legislature. OKPNS has been covering the the story here. We would like to know how OKPNS readers feel about the controversy.
Legislation is currently being considered to make English the official language in Oklahoma. Do you think this legislation is right for Oklahoma?
In light of recent campus shootings, legislators and educators in Oklahoma are discussing the role of guns in campus safety.
Oklahoma House Bill 2513 passed the house yesterday, and moves on to the Oklahoma Senate, according to a report in The Oklahoman. This bill has been amended to allow certain faculty to carry guns and:
…would restrict eligibility to students and faculty members who are active military members; or were honorably discharged from the military, National Guard or Reserves; or had received at least 72 hours of training from the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training, the agency that trains Oklahoma law officers.
To get a concealed handgun permit, persons must be at least 21 and have had training in the use of handguns.
Many educators are opposed to the proposed legislation. Mike Shelton (D-OKC):
The leadership of every college in the state is against this bill, yet the House has voted against the wishes of the individuals with the most knowledge about campus safety. I believe families, faced with the prospect of a gun-toting campus, will choose to send their children elsewhere, particularly out-of-state students who would otherwise come to Oklahoma.
We would like to know what OKPNS readers think.
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson is currently suing the Poultry Industry, mostly in Arkansas, on the basis that too much fecal bacteria from the chicken farms is leeching into the Illinois watershed. For more information on OKPNS about this lawsuit click here. We’d like to know what you think.
The latest Presidential preference poll shows that Democrats are in a lot of trouble in Oklahoma: no matter who the nominee turns out to be.
Hillary Clinton leads the Democratic field in Oklahoma with 34% of respondents saying they would vote for her if the primary election were held today. In second place is John Edwards at 29%, followed by Barack Hussein Obama at 16%.
However, among likely General Election voters, Republicans enjoy a substantial lead over Democrats. Senator John McCain and former Governor Mike Huckabee are heavily favored against potential Democratic opponents.
From Tailgate Politics:
SoonerSurvey, from the folks at CHS, are reporting that Governor Henery’s approval rating is “down” into the 70s, while his strongly approve (the important number for a man spending political capital) is around 36 (thanks to the McCarville Report for this one). The approval rating for President Bush is at 47% in the Sooner State — a small rebound from the December 2006 number from SurveyUSA. Read more…