Oklahoma driver’s licenses will cost more beginning today. The increase, from $21.50 to $33.50, along with a $10 increase for a commercial license, is expected to generate about $8.7 million annually for the Department of Public Safety.

It’s one of nearly 250 new state laws that take effect today. Some place further restrictions on abortions. The extra money for the DPS is expected to be used to hire more examiners and upgrade equipment.

The Associated Press Capitol Reporter Sean Murphy reports convicted felons who receive a 25-year sentence or longer can now ask for a post-conviction DNA testing to appeal their conviction. Oklahoma is the only state without such a process.

Noodlers can now fish for blue catfish or channel catfish with their hands. Such hand fishing was previously done in search of flathead catfish, which is not a gamefish.

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