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Broken Arrow Casino

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Opponents of a new Indian casino under construction in Broken Arrow say the project could set state and national precedents for where Indian casinos can be located. That's because the tribe building the casino doesn't own the land where the casino sits, it is leasing the land. The project is now getting close scrutiny from local, state and federal officials. At the National Congress of American Indians this week, Assistant Interior Secretary for Indian Affairs, Larry Echo Hawk, said his agency may have a future "decision point" on the red clay casino. But for now, he urged patience to allow the national Indian gaming commission to move forward with its process to determine if the site is eligible for gaming. He said his agency's future involvement with the issue will depend on the NIGC’s decision.

Related Topics: Community, Sports & Recreation, Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on January 27, 2012


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Bill Filing Deadline

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Thursday was the deadline for lawmakers to file bills for the upcoming legislative session. 972 bills and 45 joint resolutions were filed in the senate. Members of the House of Representatives filed new 962 bills and 26 joint resolutions. Several hundred bills and resolutions are carried over from last year. We spoke with onr contributor Erin Boeckman of E-Capitol about the bills filed for the legislative session that begins on February 6th.

Related Topics: Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on January 20, 2012


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New Voting Machines

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While Oklahoma lawmakers have declined federal funds to implement provisions of the new national health care law, they've had no reservations about another use of federal money. Congress approved the "help America vote" act in 2002--awarding Oklahoma about 26 million dollars to upgrade its voting system. As a result, Oklahoma voters will be casting ballots in future elections with new technology, paid for by the U.S. government.

Related Topics: Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on January 13, 2012


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ONR Extra Coburn Military Spending

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The Obama administration recently announced plans to cut U.S. defense spending by almost half a trillion dollars over the next ten years as part of a strategy to reduce the size of the federal budget and re-position the military. That amount could double if automatic cuts triggered by the failure of the deficit-reduction super-committee to reach an agreement go into effect. We spoke with Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn to get his reaction to the proposed cuts.

Related Topics: War & Conflict, Government, Politics, National Security, Military & Espionage

Originally broadcast on January 13, 2012


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ONR Extra Coburn Consumer Protection

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Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn is predicting a court battle over the presidents recess appointment of Richard Cordray as the first director of the consumer financial protection bureau. In this ONR Extra, we talk to Senator Coburn about his reaction to the presidents decision to go around the U.S. Senate.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on January 6, 2012


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Tax Code Chages (State Impact)

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The state board of equalization will meet on December 20th to begin the process of determining how much money lawmakers will be able to spend in the next fiscal year. Legislative leaders and Governor Fallin are considering ways to restructure the state's tax code, to cut income taxes and generate more revenue. We spoke with Joe Wertz and Logan Layden of State Impact Oklahoma, who have been following the tax story.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on December 16, 2011


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ONR Extra Income Tax Reform

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Tax reform and phasing out the income tax were major topics for legislative leaders, who took part in the state chamber's annual public affairs forum. Leaders from both parties sat side by side and discussed the possible changes. In this ONR Extra, it becomes clear that republicans and democrats differ over the impact phasing out the state's income tax would have on the economy and the people.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

ONR Extra Income Tax Interim Study

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The State Senate's task force on comprehensive tax reform has held its last meeting and is now about the business of writing up recommendations for the legislature on how the states tax code should be rewritten, if at all. The final hearing included testimony from a C.P.A. and an attorney on several issues including elimination of the state income tax and beginning collection of sales tax on internet sales. In this ONR Extra, task force chairman Sen. Mike Mazzei began the meeting with a reminder of the task force's intent.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on December 2, 2011


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ONR Extra Health Care Law

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A legislative panel exploring the impact of the federal health care law on Oklahoma is expected to recommend development of some type of health care exchange--but only to the minimum extent necessary to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act. The joint committee on federal health care law heard testimony this week on non-profit clinics and health exchanges, where residents could shop for and buy health insurance. The federal law requires states to have a health care exchange set up by 2014. Here is more of that testimony in this ONR Extra.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on November 18, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Tax Cuts and State Budget

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Soon, a group of public officials will get the first estimates of the money legislators will have next year to run state government. Despite an improving economy and rising tax collections, there are still hundreds of millions of dollars in budget holes to fill, and plans are to further cut the state's primary source of funding, the personal income tax. State officials writing the budget will be under a lot of pressure, changing the state's tax structure, during an election year.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011