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Legislation Reduces Barriers for Applicants with Criminal Convictions to Obtain Occupational Licenses

New legislation allows individuals with criminal convictions to apply for state-issued occupational licenses. Labor & Employment Practice Group attorney Evan Way discusses Oklahoma HB 1373, and the potential implications it has on employers when hiring applicants with past convictions. Continue reading Legislation Reduces Barriers for Applicants with Criminal Convictions to Obtain Occupational Licenses

Supreme Court Asks for More Argument in ‘Indian Country’ Jurisdiction Case, to Go on Court’s Fall Calendar

The U.S. Supreme Court asked for additional arguments in the Carpenter v. Murphy case, postponing a ruling until the fall term. Indian Law & Gaming Practice Group Chair Mike McBride III discusses what may have prompted the justices to delay their ruling. Continue reading Supreme Court Asks for More Argument in ‘Indian Country’ Jurisdiction Case, to Go on Court’s Fall Calendar

Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Medicaid Expansion Initiative

In a recent ruling, the Oklahoma Supreme Court upheld a petition seeking a statewide vote on Medicaid expansion. Melanie Wilson Rughani, co-chair of the Initiative Petitions Practice Group, represented advocates of Medicaid expansion and urged the Supreme Court to allow the petition to move forward with gathering signatures for State Question 802 to appear on general election ballots in November 2020. Continue reading Oklahoma Supreme Court Upholds Medicaid Expansion Initiative