Brianna Bailey grew up in Idaho. Oklahoma is her adopted home. Bailey has covered issues ranging from Oklahoma's strained child welfare system to the slow decline of Oklahoma's rural hospitals. She has walked all the way across Oklahoma City twice, once north-to south via Western Avenue and once via the old U.S. Route 66. Her hobbies are baking and crashing meetings she isn't invited to attend. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from The University of Oklahoma.
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Criminal justice reform advocate Kris Steele has long been concerned that some prosecutors would do an end-around the state’s new misdemeanor drug possession law by charging more people with felony drug distribution instead.
In her budget proposal, Fallin has adopted much of the reforms proposed by the group Step Up Oklahoma, which includes business leaders from many of the state’s largest oil and gas companies and other industries.
From expanding legal raw milk sales to restricting children’s access to crossbows, here’s just a sampling of some of the more interesting, under-the-radar pieces of legislation filed in advance of the 2018 Oklahoma legislative session.
In July, at least 10 Oklahoma legislators accepted scholarships to attend a two-day conference at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino sponsored by a trade group representing high-interest installment loan companies.
Kevin Stitt, CEO and founder of Gateway Mortgage Group, wrapped up a four-county tour of rural Western Oklahoma last week. By the end of January, Stitt says he will have already made campaign stops in all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.