Oklahoma City — Tulsa GOP businesswoman seeks to oust Barresi
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican businesswoman from Tulsa says she will take on State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi in the GOP primary in June.
Joy Hofmeister officially announced her candidacy Monday at the Tulsa Press Club.
An appointee of Gov. Mary Fallin to the State Board of Education, Hofmeister resigned her post last year to explore a potential run against Barresi. At least 20 Republican legislators have publicly endorsed Hofmeister’s campaign.
Hofmeister reported having about $200,000 in cash on hand at the end of September, the most recent report available. Barresi had about $150,000 at the end of the same period.
In a statement on Monday, Hofmeister criticized Barresi’s implementation of several education initiatives.
Okla. lawmakers seek more school sports oversight
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The group that governs high school sports in Oklahoma would come under more legislative oversight under several bills being proposed for the upcoming legislative session.
Three state legislators announced plans on Monday for legislation targeting the Oklahoma Secondary Schools Activities Association, which oversees extracurricular activities for nearly every junior high and high school in the state.
The bills would require the agency to comply with the state’s Open Records and Open Meetings laws, and give the Legislature oversight of their rulemaking process. One measure would also change the way the association handles appeals of player-eligibility cases. Staff decisions currently are appealed to the OSSAA’s board of directors, but the bill would require an administrative law judge to handle those cases.
A message left for an OSSAA spokeswoman wasn’t immediately returned.
USGS records 2.8-magnitude earthquake near Perry
PERRY, Okla. (AP) — No damage was reported after an earthquake hit near Perry late Sunday.
According to a preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey, the 2.8-magnitude quake struck at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday. The quake’s epicenter was 4 miles south-southwest of Perry and 16 miles west-northwest of Stillwater.
The USGS says the earthquake had a depth of 3.1 miles.
Earlier in the day Sunday, a 3.2-magnitude earthquake was recorded near Wetumka in Hughes County.
Okla. rep files bill aimed at curbing divorce rate
MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma state representative has filed a bill that would increase the waiting period for most Oklahoma couples seeking a divorce.
Rep. Arthur Hulbert, a Republican from Fort Gibson, says the measure is aimed at reducing Oklahoma’s divorce rate. The Muskogee Phoenix reports that Oklahoma has the second-highest divorce rate in the country.
Hulbert’s bill would require a six-month waiting period to dissolve most marriages. Hulbert says his bill would include exemptions for cases when adultery or abuse is involved.
However some researchers question whether the lengthening the waiting period would lead to a drop in the state’s divorce rate.
Another bill, filed by Republican Rep. Sean Roberts of Hominy, would eliminate incompatibility as grounds for divorce.