The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

HB 2083: This bill would reduce the corporate income tax on Oklahoma businesses yearly until the complete elimination of the corporate tax in 2026. This would make Oklahoma join six other states that currently levy no corporate income tax. Corporate taxes typically bring in over $300 million a year in Oklahoma. This tax revenue represents […]

Protestors have gathered at the trial of Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, MN. courtesy Chad Davis, CC BY-SA 2.0

Defense’s argument doesn’t hold up in Chauvin trial

We are over a week into the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former officer of the Minneapolis Police Department who was caught almost a year ago on camera on May 26, 2020 with his knee on the neck of George Floyd for almost nine minutes straight. Floyd’s death was a tragedy that shook the entirety […]

Florida representative Matt Gaetz is under investigation following allegations of sexual abuse. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Gaetz allegations must be responded to seriously

Scandalous sexual allegations are not something that people are surprised to hear anymore when it comes to our political leaders. Unfortunately, such occurrences are more commonplace with people of power than probably anyone would care to admit. As it turns out, Florida representative Matt Gaetz is not immune to such allegations, as he is currently […]

Brad Carson will begin his tenure as TU’s president on July 1. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

New TU president furthers ties to Pentagon and corporations

On April 5, TU announced the selection of our new University president, Brad Carson. Carson is a former Democratic Congressman and Pentagon higher-up, serving as Undersecretary of Defense, among other roles. Carson also worked as director of the National Energy Policy Institute and as a senior advisor with the Boston Consulting Group, which advised the […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

HB 2546: This bill concerns the rights of victims of sexual assault. It establishes a right to “consult… with a sexual assault victims’ advocate.” The bill also guarantees that forensic evidence taken from a sexual assault victim cannot be used to prosecute misdemeanor crimes or as evidence of misdemeanor crimes as a basis for a […]

Governor Stitt signed the new funding plan last Wednesday. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Recent education bill and court decision privatize education

On March 31, Governor Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2078, which fundamentally altered the way education funding is allotted by the state. The key to the bill is shifting the methodology for counting students currently enrolled in schools. Before the bill, students from the two years preceding the current year were counted for total enrolment. […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

HB 2915 and 2916: Both of these bills are attempts to confront the problem of police brutality. HB 2915 would ban the use of chokeholds by officers, and HB 2916 would require body cameras to be used by all cops if their agency possesses the cameras. Several states and cities have already banned the use […]

The Vatican has come under criticism after the recent decree. courtesy Wikimedia commons

Pope’s rejection of same-sex unions not a sign of hate

The Catholic Church has never been anything short of controversial. Needless to say, it is not an organization that easily fits into many of the norms of society, as the institution itself is often opposed in its beliefs to many cultural trends and changes. In the past few weeks, the Vatican made headlines once again […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

HB 1674: This bill establishes legal punishments for acts related to protests. These acts include unlawfully “obstruct[ing] the normal use of any public street” and assembling to “resist the execution of any statute of this state or of the United States.” Obviously, this is another bill authored in response to the wave of Black Lives […]

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TU’s “Strategic Plan” a continuation of its STEM leanings

This January, TU rolled out its new “Strategic Plan.” It outlines in broad strokes the plan the university has for its place in the future. The central theme of the plan is producing “well-rounded” alumni that study both STEM — also called “professional studies” — and liberal arts. The purpose of creating this “well-rounded” student […]