Oklahoma Legislative Review

John T. Lewis offers a fresh perspective on Oklahoma legislation in progress. While he has closed down his original website, much of his work is archived here on OKGrassroots. Visit
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With no chance of Getting a Person High,  OK Lawmakers to consider a form of Medicinal Cannabis for Some Adults

Two proposals filed several days ago would allow for CBD oils to be used by those 18 and older. Current Oklahoma law allows only children under 18 to use the oil. With no chance of this marijuana derived product getting a person high, two lawmakers seek to expand the law to allow both children and adults to use CBD oil for more medical conditions. Current law only allows it to be used by children with epilepsy.

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In a Time of Oklahoma’s Budgetary Shortfalls, Paying Film Companies to do Business Here Must Go

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The Oklahoma Film Enhancement Rebate Program was appropriated $5 million for Fiscal Year 2016 and is a program which offers expense rebates to film companies who film in the State of Oklahoma (House Bill 2242). In essence, Oklahoma is paying film companies to make movies here. Although a small amount compared to the 2016 total budget (around $7 billion), the film rebate program is one among many small cuts which could be made to help out in times of budget shortfalls. Oklahoma Legislative Review is calling on Legislators to boldly cut this and other unnecessary functions of government.

Retail Liquor Lobby Response to OK Legislative Review Proves Outdated Beer/Wine Laws Must Go

How convenient to use the government to regulate your own industry so that you can have a guaranteed day off. Thankfully, conservatives who are concerned with a free market are seeing through this flimsy argumentation. One does not have to morally support alcohol to see that the retail liquor lobby’s true agenda is not to keep these archaic laws in place to protect us from the dangers of alcohol. They do it only to protect their monopoly on the industry. In a state which believes in the free market, I say this must stop immediately.

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Should Hunters Confined to a Wheelchair Pay Extra in Oklahoma?

Under current Oklahoma law, it is generally illegal to harass, chase, capture, or kill wildlife with the aid of any motor driven vehicle. There are exceptions, but this is fairly clear to most hunters. So as to not mistakenly sweep up electric wheelchairs into the prohibition, Oklahoma law allows a person unable to walk to obtain permission to hunt from their motorized chair. Continue Reading….

by John T. Lewis

Under current Oklahoma law, one is not required to confess their sins, nor are they required to confess anything of a similar nature in order to obtain a marriage license. But House Bill 2215, filed early this year, would begin what could be just the start of the government asking us a whole bunch of weird questions before we can get married. In addition to the basic things needed to tie the knot, the proposed legislation would require the applicants to answer, “Whether either party has undergone a sex reassignment or gender reassignment surgery.” Lots of jokes go along with the Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner thing. But all kidding aside, are we really fearful that staggering numbers of sexually reassigned people will withhold that information from their fiancé? I guess such could happen and probably has. But am I missing something in wondering if this is really projected to be such a problem that government needs to step in?

Are Term Limits on Oklahoma’s Horizon for County Officials?

By John T. Lewis That many Oklahoma leaders elected to county posts have made a career of their office is no secret. Politicians in these positions often hold onto their job for twenty years or more. In 1990 Oklahoma became the first state to term limit their legislators. Voters limited State Senators and Representatives to 12 years total. State Question 747 was approved in 2010 so that the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and other Executive positions would be limited to eight years in a lifetime.

With Oklahoma leading the way on political limitations, we shouldn’t be surprised at a growing movement of folks who desire to limit the total length of service for county elected leaders. House Bill 1938, introduced back in January by a Republican, would limit County Commissioners, Sheriffs, Treasurers, Assessors, Clerks, and Court Clerks to a total of 16 years of service if passed into law. District Attorneys are not included. To become law, the 16 year proposal would need to be put before a vote of the People (see HB1905). …