Category Archives: State

OK Senate Pro Tem comments on 2017 session

State Capitol Building in Oklahoma City

In a release today Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz commented on the 2017 session, saying great policy bookended a session dominated by a $1 billion budget shortfall.

Nice to get some detail on specific public business we and others have been long curious about late on Friday before a Holiday weekend. Continue reading

Gov. Fallin on 2018 budget agreement

Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement on the budget agreement that has been reached for the 2018 fiscal year:

“Developing a budget in this difficult fiscal and political climate is never easy. This plan keeps our government from shutting down. Continue reading

OK Veterans Affairs spending questioned

OKLAHOMA CITY – Although the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has had millions of dollars cut from its state appropriations in the last few years, has reduced services and removed critical-care equipment at its seven state veterans centers, the agency is spending $3 million to relocate, remodel and refurnish its headquarters, records show.  Continue reading

Doak calls for Tornado-Resistant bill

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak

After assessing the damage from yet another tornado and speaking with the people affected in Elk City, Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak is calling on the Oklahoma Legislature to pass legislation that would help protect Oklahomans.

House Bill 1720 requires insurance companies to give homeowners an insurance premium discount for building or retrofitting their home to certain tornado-resilient standards. The new law would incentivize people to voluntarily build stronger homes.  Continue reading

Roberts: Fighting for Oklahomans

Ok Rep. Sean Roberts, (R-Dist. 36, Tulsa & Osage)

We’re quickly approaching the final weeks of session, and things are heating up at the Capitol.

The House of Representatives observed the National Day of Prayer on May 4. I enjoyed taking time to reflect on the strength that prayer provides and the role prayer has played in the history of our great country. We must remember that no matter what happens at the Statehouse, God is in control. We should lean into Him and ask for His will to be done.

It’s no secret that budget negotiations continue to take place at the Capitol. Every stakeholder has a list of things he or she wants to see in the final budget, and it’s a matter of finding consensus. Oklahoma is a diverse state, and it can be challenging to find solutions everyone agrees on. Continue reading