Oklahoma House to release list of approvedĀ studies

By BARBARA HOBEROCK World Capitol Bureau
OKLAHOMA CITY – Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, has approved more than two dozen interim studies ranging from legalization of medical marijuana to spending and management of the Grand River Dam Authority.
The list of House-approved interim studies is expected to be released this week, said John Estus, a spokesman for House Speaker Kris Steele, R-Shawnee.
Sen. Constance Johnson, D-Forest Park, said that for the last three sessions, she has carried some version of legalization of medical marijuana which wasn’t passed into law.
Each time, the issue gets more interest, she said.
She said the interim study will give supporters the opportunity to go to the Capitol and educate policymakers about the issue.
Her requests for interim studies on high-cost lenders and private prisons were also granted.
Johnson said she was concerned about the cost of and dependency on private prisons.
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