2019 Legislative Session

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 Oklahoma City Public School Board voting unanimously to approve the Pathway to Greatness to reconfigure the district, Republicans come to an agreement on bills to give more power to the governor over five state agencies and a Senate committee approves a measure allowing eye doctors in big box stores like Walmart.

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A bill that would raise the age children can start pre-K and kindergarten is moving through the Oklahoma State Senate.

Right now, a child must turn four-years-old before September 1st to enroll in pre-K or five-years-old to enroll in kindergarten. Senate Bill 11, authored by Greg McCortney (R-Ada), would change that to August 1st, meaning the youngest kids would have to wait a year to enroll.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Governor Stitt signing his first bill allowing anyone over 21 to carry a gun without a permit or training, a Senate committee passes measures to give the governor power over the hiring and firing of five state agency directors and another Senate committee passing legislation making abortion illegal if Roe v. Wade gets overturned in the US Supreme Court.

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Governor Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday that makes it legal for most Oklahomans who are 21 or older to carry a gun without a license. Oklahoma joins more than a dozen states that allow eligible adults to carry firearms without taking a safety course or paying licensing fees.

Under the new law, people wouldn’t have to undergo the current background check state law enforcement performs when people apply for a license. That background check is more rigorous than the one performed when a gun is purchased.

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Oklahoma lawmakers advanced two abortion-related bills Monday, out of the Senate Health and Human Services committee.

Senate Bill 195 would "trigger" a state ban on abortion and make it a felony if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision making abortion a constitutional right.

After the bill passed, anti-abortion protestors, who didn’t think the trigger bill went far enough, had to be escorted out of the meeting at the state capitol.

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Two abortion bills passed out of the House Public Health committee Tuesday.

It’s already illegal in Oklahoma to perform an abortion for the purposes of sex selection, but House Bill 1396 takes current law further. It would require a pregnant woman to sign an affidavit swearing she doesn’t know the gender prior to the procedure.

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Eighteen-year-old Lauren Atkins is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma and in May 2017 she and her parents called Oklahoma City police to report she was raped by a friend at a party.

Atkins described it as a “typical high school party.” She and her friends were drinking alcohol and Atkins passed out in a bathroom.

“I ended up in the room that the bathroom is connected to and I was laying on the bed and I woke up to someone sexually assaulting me,” Atkins said.

Atkins said police told her to go to a hospital for a forensic examination.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel mostly about the first State of the State Address from new Governor Kevin Stitt to kick off the 57th legislature.

The trio also discusses the 2019 legislative agenda from House and Senate Democrats and Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey gets into a battle with Sheriff P.D. Taylor after he shows up with 17 other people for a surprise inspection of the jail.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt stood before the Oklahoma legislature to deliver his first State of the State address Monday. He outlined key pieces of his executive budget for fiscal year 2020. The legislature will craft its own budget during the 2019 legislative session.

Executive Power

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about Governor Stitt's executive orders rearranging his cabinet, investigating lobbying by state agencies, placing a hiring freeze on "classified" employees and selling the governor's plane as well as thoughts on the coming State of the State Address this Monday.

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