Hungry for details coming out of the Oklahoma Legislature? We’ve got you covered, even if finding time to sit down and talk through important issues can be difficult during a legislative deadline week.

In the latest episode of How We Got Here, NonDoc’s editor in chief joined FKG’s Bryan Fried, Spencer Guinn and Ryan Kilpatrick in room 231 of the Oklahoma State Capitol to discuss controversial bills that had been heard in recent days as well as what this potentially final week of the 2018 legislative session may hold.

Those bills include:

  • SB 1212 — codification of “Constitutional carry,” which would allow citizens to carry firearms openly without licensure;
  • SB 888 — an elimination of the refundability of zero-emission energy facility tax credits;
  • SB 1140 — an allowance for child-placing agencies to decline adoptions to same-sex couples based on religious objections.

The following NonDoc articles were referenced in this episode and can provide listeners further information on the topics at hand:

Additionally, after this podcast was recorded, lawmakers considered and advanced a modified version of the wind tax credit bill: HB 3716. That bill would eliminate the refundability of the tax credits but allow for them to reduce income tax liability for up to 20 years into the future.

Where’s the beef? (It’s in Mickey Dollens’ stomach)

While you will want to hear the discussion on those three bills, you’ll definitely desire to stick around to the end of the podcast for a special storytelling excerpt.

We interviewed Rep. Mickey Dollens (D-OKC) about his attempt at completing The Big Texan’s 72-ounce steak challenge. Did he lose? Did he win? Did he have a strategy?

Catch episode six of How We Got Here by listening to the embedded audio file below or subscribing on Apple PodcastsPodbeanGoogle Play and Pocket Casts.

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Catch past episodes of How We Got Here

Episode 5: A teacher walkout podcast
Episode 4: Diving Deep on Medicaid
Episode 3: Let’s get gubernatorial
Episode 2: Summing up Step Up
Episode 1: Down to Brass Tax

(Editor’s note: How We Got Here is produced in partnership between NonDoc and FKG Consulting, a lobbying and public policy firm based in Oklahoma City. In each episode, all participants speak freely on the topic at hand. To view a list of FKG’s clients — including the Oklahoma Property Rights Association, which operates the group Wind Waste — go here.)