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Oklahoma legislative wrap

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Oklahoma City, OK -- While the Texas Legislature considers the possibility of a special session, Oklahoma's legislature has officially wrapped up.

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin signed a number of bills into law this session, and the new rulings affect everything from income tax to abortion.

Here are a few new changes coming down the pipeline in Oklahoma:

House Bill 1588 will require parental notification for a minor seeking an abortion and instate a mandatory waiting period of 48 hours before performing an abortion.  The law allows exceptions for medical emergencies and victims of sex crimes.

A second law (HB 1909) will amend food stamp eligibility to require recipients under the age of 50 and have no minor children to work a minimum of 20 hours a week.  According to a House financial analysis, doing so would save an estimated one million dollars a year in state costs.

And horsemeat cannot be legally sold for human consumption in Oklahoma.  The new law (HB 1999) will prohibit the in-state sale of horsemeat and allow the health commissioner to have access to any facility suspected of violating the law.

If you'd like to learn more about these or other new Oklahoma laws, follow the links attached to this story.

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