An effort to override Gov. Brad Henry’s veto of the Freedom Firearms Act failed in the Senate this morning in a vote of 28-16.
There was no debate on Senate Bill 1685, which Henry vetoed on April 27, saying it would likely make Oklahoma ”a safe haven for domestic and international offenders seeking to elude federal gun safeguards and obtain weapons of all kinds.”
The measure would have exempted buyers of Oklahoma made-guns from federal gun regulations if the weapons remained within the borders of the state.…
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A measure that would allow Oklahomans to brew their own beer at home is on the way to the governor.
The House of Representatives today passed House Bill 2348 by a vote of 76-20.
A clause that would let the bill become law when the governor signed it failed to get the required two-thids support. It needed to get at least 68 votes; the vote on the emergency clause was 58-31.
According to the measure, home brewers would be required to have a permit from the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission.
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Edmond’s recently-completed regional detention area will be dedicated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The detention area, located west of the railroad tracks, north of Hurd, is designed to take care of drainage problems in the downtown area.
“This project was crucial for the improvement of our downtown area and the future urban development,” said Councilman Charles Lamb.
The detention area covers 6 acres and cost $2.1 million. Money for the project came from sales tax revenue designated specifically for capital improvements and parks.…
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With the budget deficit, state lawmakers are taking another look at the wisdom of granting tax credits to various industries. Our Capitol reporters have several stories on the subject in today’s paper:
Oklahoma House panel wants tax credits more transparent
Oklahoma lawmakers discuss ending tax credits for small business venture capital companies
The state provides some information on [...] To Read more go to Data Watch
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President Barack Obama and late night talk show host Jay Leno traded jokes during the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.
Some of the excerpts are posted below, and the full video of Obama and Leno telling jokes is posted at the bottom.
Barack Obama: “Great to see you, Jay. I’m glad I’m speaking first. We’ve all seen what happens when someone takes the time slot after Leno.” (referring to Conan O’Brien)
Jay Leno:“When you were elected, little worried the comedy well at the White House had dried up so thank you for picking Joe Biden.”
Barack Obama: “Unfortunately John McCain couldn’t make it.…
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