Oklahoma Gazette Clifton Adcock February 29th, 2012   The Oklahoma Legislature is considering a number of bills this session to require drug-testing for applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. According to the state Department of Human Services, 3,922 adults and 17,233 children received TANF funds in January. Most of those households are single-parent homes with low or no earned income, and the maximum time a person can receive TANF is five years over an adult’s lifetime.While only two such measures were introduced in the Legislature last year, eight drug-testing bills have emerged this session, six of them originating in the Senate. TheRead More →

January 10, 2012 Discriminatory and Unnecessary Law Maligned American Muslims and Presented Legal Bind For Courts FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: (212) 549-2666 media@aclu.org DENVER, CO – A federal appeals court today unanimously upheld a ruling that blocked implementation of a discriminatory and unnecessary Oklahoma state constitutional amendment that would have prohibited state courts from considering what is broadly described as Islamic “Sharia law” and “international law.” The court concluded that by singling out Islam for unfavorable treatment in state courts, the law likely violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment. The court rejected the state’s argument that the constitutional amendment was necessary to protectRead More →