Lawmakers Get a Surplus, Healthcare Expansion Advances & Abortion-As-Murder Bill Won't Be Heard

Feb 22, 2019

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the Equalization Board approving appropriations for lawmakers with nearly $575M more than last year, a Senate committee approves SB 605 to expand healthcare through Insure Oklahoma rather than expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act and a bill allowing Oklahomans over the age of 21 to carry a weapon without a permit or training moves one step away from the governor's desk.

The trio also discusses a bill to crack down on four-day school weeks and Senate leaders say they won't hear SB 13 to criminalize abortion saying they are opposed to it on the grounds it would waste taxpayer money in the courts and ultimately be declared unconstitutional.

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