OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ rights this year after notable strides in 2019. The Oklahoman reports Tulsa and Oklahoma City updated their personnel policies to ban discrimination against city employees based on gender identity or expression. Norman became Oklahoma's first city to ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in housing, employment or public accommodations. Allie Shinn, executive director of LGBTQ rights advocacy group Freedom Oklahoma, said she hopes 2020 will see the Legislature ban the widely discredited practice of “conversion therapy,” used to try to force people to be heterosexual.
OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) - A prosecutor in Oklahoma has been arrested, accused of domestic abuse. Robert McClatchie, an Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, was booked into Oklahoma County jail at about 4 a.m. Saturday on complaints of domestic abuse by strangulation and domestic abuse in the presence of a minor child. According to jail records, bail has not yet been set for McClatchie, who is 48. District Attorney David Prater said in a statement that McClatchie “will remain in jail until he is released by a judge or when his bond is posted after a judge sets his bond, like any other person arrested on a domestic abuse charge.”
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma Legislature will consider new rules that would raise the student performance standards for schools to operate on a four-day work week. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of adopting the new standards starting in the 2021-22 school year. The Oklahoman reports the rules would still need the approval of the Legislature, which opens its session on Feb. 3. Some Republicans say the reduced school weeks tarnish Oklahoma's reputation and diminish students’ education. Education advocates contend the new rules would be unattainable for most districts.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's unemployment rate is holding steady at 3.4%, while state finance officials are projecting the economy to continue slowing in 2020. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday the state's 3.4% unemployment rate in December was just below the national average of 3.5%. Oklahoma's unemployment rate has slowly increased from a rate of 3.1% last year, and state officials are projecting the state's economic slowdown will continue. State Treasurer Randy McDaniel released economic projections on Friday that suggest continued weak job growth through much of 2020, due in large part to a slowdown in oil and gas activity.
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