Category Archives: State

OK Senate approves education bills

Teacher pay, teacher recruitment, reducing administrative costs are among education measures the Oklahoma Senate approved on Wednesday and part of the education issues included in the Senate Republicans’ 2017 legislative agenda.

“Investing in education now will pay dividends for Oklahoma for decades to come … Continue reading

Doak praises homeowner insurance changes

Comm. Doak and Gov. Fallin survey tornado damage.

Lawmakers in the state House have unanimously approved a bill that could save Oklahomans money on their homeowners insurance. House Bill 1720 provides discounts for building resilient homes. Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is excited to see a bill to encourage use of the latest technology to reduce the impact of tornadoes on lives and property. Continue reading

OK Senate advances criminal justice reforms

Building upon the success of previous legislation, the Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday approved a series of criminal justice reform bills.

“These historic votes will improve public safety in Oklahoma, and save our state $1.9 billion,” Governor Mary Fallin said. “Making smart, data-driven decisions on how to increase safety while decreasing our overcapacity prisons is key to pursuing smaller, more efficient, and more moral government. My thanks to Majority Floor Leader Greg Treat and Senator Wayne Shaw for sponsoring this landmark legislation, and for taking a huge step towards a better criminal justice system and a safer Oklahoma.” Continue reading

OK Senate punishes Sen. Ralph Shortey

The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a resolution imposing punishment upon Senator Ralph Shortey pursuant to provisions of the Oklahoma Constitution which in effect expel him from serving at the Capitol.

“This is not a presumption of guilt or innocence. The Oklahoma Senate has full faith that the judicial system will play out appropriately and bring this matter to a lawful conclusion. This resolution reserves the right of the Oklahoma Senate to pursue further action if more facts come to light. It would be inappropriate to comment any further due to the pending investigation,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz, R-Altus in a release.  Continue reading

Measure creates registry for disabled vets

A bill aimed at reducing the number of individuals fraudulently claiming to be disabled veteran has cleared the full Senate.  Sen. Joe Newhouse is principal author of Senate Bill 456, which directs the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs (ODVA) to create and administer a registry of 100 percent service-disabled veterans. The agency would also be charged with verifying all information provided through the registry.

“Our state has approved legislation through the years meant to assist Oklahoma veterans who suffered 100 percent disability as a result of their service to our country,” said Newhouse, R-Broken Arrow.  “It’s shameful that people who never made such sacrifices will falsely represent themselves as a veteran to get benefits they are not entitled to.  We believe this registry can help stop that kind of fraud.” Continue reading