Category Archives: State

McGirt is not retroactive

OK Attorney General John O’Connor

“This is a major victory for the State of Oklahoma,” said Attorney General John O’Connor today in a media release. 

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals unanimously made that decision in Parish v. Oklahoma. Today, the United States Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal of that decision by Parish. 

Clifton Parish was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2010 beating and shooting death of Robert Strickland in Hugo, Oklahoma. Parish sought to have the United States Supreme Court throw out his conviction, arguing that McGirt is retroactive.

His conviction is one of many convictions that will now stand, with the Supreme Court’s decision announced today.

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OK Sen. Dahm files bills to empower sheriffs, block anchor babies

Thursday OK Sen. and candidate for US Senate, Nathan Dahm filed a trio of bills allowing Oklahoma Sheriffs to arrest FEDs and form posse in response to growing concerns over federal violations of Constitutionally protected rights, prohibiting federal officers from any gun confiscation measures, requiring federal agents to notify the sheriff before operating in their county, and allowing sheriffs to form a posse to defend their county in times of emergency or disaster or from federal overreach.  

Today Sen. Dahm filed Senate Bill 1226 to prohibit illegal alien anchor babies from receiving citizenship in Oklahoma.

It appears OK Sen. Dahm will use his final term to speak from the state to the Federal government as he campaigns for the US Senate seat currently held by Senator James Lankford and also challenged by Jackson Lahmeyer. Not to judge, but we don’t believe that has ever happened in Oklahoma and should provide a very entertaining election cycle.

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Sheriffs as Chief Enforcement Officers

Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, Chair of the Oklahoma House States Rights Committee, has filed legislation for the upcoming session that would identify county sheriffs as the constitutionally-recognized chief law enforcement officer of their respective counties.

Currently, there is no statute in place that designates a chief law enforcement officer of a county, and Steagall says this legislation is important to make sure that lack of recognition does not cause issues in the future.

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Goodbye Lincoln Riley

It is easy to enjoy Sen. Bill Coleman’s requested legislation to properly “honor” Lincoln Riley. The bill request asks to name the last three inches of the westbound lane of State Highway 325 in the panhandle as the “Lincoln Riley Highway”.

National sports writers, the first in media to prove regular bias of reporting, weighted in with even Golf Digest and Yahoo Sports on topic. The New York Post, began with, “Oklahoma doesn’t seem to be taking its breakup with Lincoln Riley well.” They miss the point. This was not a breakup, but a betrayal and plunder, apparently begun during OU’s by-week. Thus the last games of the season did not have Riley’s full attention nor were they in his self-interest to win – a sin on players and fans to say nothing of his tax supported paycheck.

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OK Natural Gas rate case settlement

Updated: The Oklahoma Corporation Commission has approved a settlement agreement which will initially result in an average increase of $1.27 in the average residential bill. However, the settlement includes a Commission order that requires ONG to apply a $10.6 million tax credit received under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to the rates in question. That credit will be applied in February of 2022, lowering the overall increase to 34 cents a month for the average residential customer on an annualized basis.

Not including the application of the tax credit, ONG originally applied for an increase of $28.69 million. The amount approved was $15.25 million.

As announced today, the settlement was agreed to and offered to the Commissioners for approval by the Oklahoma Attorney General – who represents the ratepayer before the Commission, AARP, the Public Utility Division of the Corporation Commission, and the Oklahoma Industrial Energy Consumers (OIEC).