Standard Excellence logoThis Week in Liberty News, the weekly news journal is a collection of stories I have run across throughout the week that affect your liberty in Oklahoma, Texas, and the national scene.

Oklahoma

Congressman Markwayne Mullin co-sponsors the Save American Workers Act, an Obamacare related bill which would change the definition of full-time work from 30 hours back to a 40-hour work week.

Texas

Abortion ban a no-go

On Tuesday, Democratic State Senator Wendy Davis’ 13-hour filibuster to prevent voting on a Texas abortion bill was a success. Though she did not continue all the way until midnight, the deadline for voting on the bill, voting was not completed in time to pass. If it had passed, abortions would have been banned after 20 weeks of pregnancy, and facilities providing this service would also be required to meet higher standards than they do currently. Her filibuster was ended by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst for straying off-topic.

This issue garnered quite a bit of national attention, as revealed by how frequently the Twitter hashtag #StandWithWendy was used to discuss it:

Irving cavity search lawsuit lands $185,000 for victims

The Texas DPS reached a settlement this week with two women in Irving who were stopped by a State Trooper last July and given intrusive cavity searches when they were pulled over for throwing cigarette butts out the window. Trooper who stopped them said he smelled marijuana, and began questioning the driver and passenger, who said they were heading to Oklahoma for a road trip. He asked how much marijuana was in the car, and when they said there was none he searched the vehicle. When that search turned up nothing, he called for a female officer to perform a cavity search on the side of the road.

The officer asked questions like, “How much marijuana is in that car?” and, “When was the last time someone smoked marijuana in that car?” The driver said she did not smoke marijuana, and, “I feel like I’m being treated like a criminal right now.” The officer said they were both acting “a little weird.”

Ultimately the DPS settled the lawsuit that came from this incident, and the two women received $185,000 for their troubles.

Around the US

What’s the cost of winning the Stanley Cup? Apparently, lots and lots of hangovers. Over 25% of the working population of Chicago called in sick or showed up late on Tuesday, after the Blackhawks’ 3-2 victory to win the 2013 Stanley Cup final.

US Supreme Court strikes part of DOMA, but refrains from ruling on California Proposition 8 suit. This topic was also hot on Twitter, reaching over 9,000 tweets per minute at one point. Governor Fallin & Scott Pruitt respond. Governor Fallin stated she would not support changing the definition of marriage in Oklahoma. Attorney General Scott Pruitt noted the decisions affirm that States, and not the federal government, decide how to define marriage, which is my opinion as well.

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