Capitol-related highlights from Wednesday Feb. 3:
- The Bible bill passed a Senate appropriations subcommittee. Senate Bill 1338 establishes an elective Bible study class for state high school students – a class the bill’s author, Sen. Tom Ivester, D-Elk City, says is needed for a “well-rounded education.” Read the story.
- The beer bill passed a House committee. House Bill 2348 abolishes a seldom-enforced law that bans beer from being brewed at home. Home brewers raised a pint cheering the bill (even though most didn’t know, or care, the law existed). No word yet on the favorite brewing style of the bill’s author, Rep. Colby Schwartz, R-Yukon. Read the story and the NewsOK beer blog.
- Lawmakers took out their frustration with the legislative budgeting process on a bill funding an authority for the Oklahoma Spaceport. They voted the bill down. Read the story.
- A bill requiring people who want aid from the Department of Human Services to take drug tests passed a Senate subcommittee. Senate Bill 1392 was quickly called “unconstitutional” by the ACLU. The bill, authored by Sen. Anthony Sykes, R-Moore, passed the subcommittee without a title, which is needed to become law. Read the story.