Grass: the Roots and the Tops

I’ve spent most of this week in Montgomery Alabama. If you think Cowboy/Sooner fever rages hot you should try spending a day in Alabama without hearing someone shout “Roll Tide!”  I’m here to visit the amazing child advocacy group,Alabama Voices. Working in a...

The Lobby of Lobbying Lobbyists

When bills make it to the floor, in front of the entire House or Senate body, it’s a big deal. (Read last week’s post to see all the hoops that bills have to jump through to get there!)  To view the proceedings you can watch online or go up to the 5th floor and watch...

I’m Just a Bill

Do you remember those Reader’s Digest articles with lists of strange laws in America? There were things like, “it’s illegal to walk an alligator down the street in Florida”, or “you can’t walk backwards while eating a hamburger in Oklahoma”, etc…?  This is going to...

Rallying for Criminal Justice

1 in 10 children in Oklahoma (that’s 96,000 kids!) have at one point in their life experienced a parent incarcerated. Last November, Oklahoma took a bold step in passing State Questions 780 and 781, reclassifying some drug possession crimes as misdemeanors rather than...

A Day In the Life

First rule of advocacy, wear comfortable shoes to the Capitol. (If you’re sassy like me and enjoy high heels, DON’T.) You will walk up, at minimum, four flights of stairs to get to House of Representatives level, and five if you’re going to something for...

Adventures in Advocacy

Hi, I’m Lani Habrock, Director of KIDS COUNT at the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. In this role, I have the privilege of heading up our advocacy efforts for our Institute. I’ll be honest, I was a little overwhelmed at the thought. Advocacy and lobbying,...
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