Sen. Frank Simpson
Late Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved legislation 30-10 to pursue possible relocation of the Talihina Veterans’ Center. Navy veteran and Chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, Sen. Frank Simpson is the author of the Senate Bill 544 that he filed following the questionable deaths of two center residents in the last five months.
“Two lives have been tragically lost at this veteran’s center in recent months for whatever reason – staff shortage, infrastructure issues, lack of training. Those reasons don’t matter when we’re talking about people’s care and safety. Our veterans deserve better and this should never happen while in the state’s care,” said Simpson, R-Ardmore. Continue reading
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved House Bill 1845, the REAL ID Act, on Wednesday.
Sen. Pres. Pro Tempore Mike Schulz issued the following statement Wednesday after the Senate Appropriations Committee approved House Bill 1845, the REAL ID Act, co-authored by Schulz and House Speaker Charles McCall.
“With committee passage of this bill, the Senate is addressing an issue the vast majority of Oklahomans want us to quickly resolve.” Continue reading
Editorial: Thursday night Republicans gathered in precinct meetings to form again Oklahoma’s GOP. From the precinct meetings; delegates are selected to the country, district and state conventions. Multiple reports from those meetings suggest the Oklahoma Republican Party is in full revolt against Governor Mary Fallin’s recent and stunningly anti-Republican tax proposal. Multiple Party Platform planks have been submitted demanding opposition to the proposal and likely candidates for governor have reacted with great public distain. Continue reading
Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education heard six measures on teacher pay Wednesday.
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education met Wednesday and approved half a dozen measures to increase teacher pay in Oklahoma. Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, chairs the subcommittee. He said with 48 members, there were several different ideas of how much the raises should be and how to pay for it. Continue reading
Judge Patrick Wyrick
Updated: Governor Mary Fallin Thursday named Patrick Wyrick to serve as a justice on the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Wyrick, 35, succeeds Steven Taylor, who retired from the bench last year. OK AG Scott Pruitt praises the choice.
Wyrick has served as solicitor general in the Oklahoma attorney general’s office since 2011. As solicitor general, Wyrick represented Oklahoma before the U.S. and Oklahoma supreme courts, and other federal and state courts. He also authored attorney general opinions and served as a key legal adviser to a variety of state officials. Continue reading