Of steaks and nebula: Legislation is on track to add two more things to the long list of official state, um, things.
A Senate committee last week approved Senate Bill 21, by Sen. Casey Murdock, R-Felt, which makes the ribeye the official state steak. Murdock said he originally introduced the bill “for fun,” but then decided the title could be used to help market Oklahoma beef.
Over in the House, committee approval was swift for House Bill 1292, by Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond. The bill anoints the Rosette Nebula in the constellation Monocerus the official state astronomical object.
Reportedly, some state astronomers have lobbied for the designation on the grounds the Rosette Nebula complements the state rock (rose rock) and state flower (Oklahoma Rose).
County convention: The Tulsa County Republican Party convention is Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Expo Square Pavilion. Included in the day’s agenda are election of a new county chairman and delegates to the state convention.
See tulsagop.org for details.
Scholarship: The Republican Women’s Club of Tulsa County is offering scholarships of up to $1,000 for high school senior girls graduating this spring. Applicants must be a registered Tulsa County Republican or have a registered Republican parent or guardian living in Tulsa County.
Call Connie Ullman, 918-627-5683, or see tulsagop.org for information. Deadline is April 15.
Help wanted: New state Agriculture Secretary Blayne Arthur is soliciting information on communities and agriculture-related operations to visit during the early months of her tenure. Email Ashley.email@example.com or call 405-522-5509 by April 1 for information.
Meetings and events: Creek County Democrats meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Joseph’s Restaurant in Drumright.
Legislative notes: In stark contrast to previous attempts, the Oklahoma House rather quietly passed legislation on Thursday to update the state’s 32-year-old HIV/AIDS education curriculum. HB 1018, by Rep. Marcus McEntire, R-Duncan, now goes to the Senate. ... HB 2511, by Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, advanced from a House subcommittee. It would create a five-year state income tax exemption for the first $25,000 in earnings of doctors practicing in rural areas. ... A bill requested by the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office also advanced from committee. HB 1995, by Rep. Jadine Nollan, R-Sand Springs, allows law enforcement agencies to delete “nonevidentiary” body cam audio and video after 90 days. TCSO says storing the data is prohibitively expensive. ... McCall’s HB 2472 won easy committee approval. It would allow local law enforcement officers to fine railroad trains up to $10,000 for blocking public roads for more than 10 minutes. McCall said the situation has become “unbearable” in some communities.
— Randy Krehbiel, Tulsa World