Category Archives: State

Line-item budgeting legislation filed

Seven members of the Oklahoma State Senate have co-authored legislation aimed at increasing transparency and accountability in exactly how tax dollars are being used by the agencies receiving the vast majority of state appropriations each year.

Senate Bill 875 requires the Legislature to approve line-item budgets for agencies appropriated over $100 million in state funds. Continue reading

Indian Brotherhood gang charged

Acting United States Attorney Loretta F. Radford

Today, Acting United States Attorney Loretta F. Radford announced that a one-count Federal Complaint was filed against Kody Bill Clark, a/k/a “Seminole,” from Mulhall, Oklahoma, age 34, Daniel Wayne Strunk, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, age 43, and Stephanie Renee Tyson, from Tulsa, Oklahoma, age 30, charging Conspiracy to Possess with the Intent to Distribute MethamphetamineContinue reading

Gov. Fallin calls for special session

Governor Mary Fallin

Governor Mary Fallin today said the Legislature must return in special session to deal with the $215 million shortfall caused by a proposed smoking cessation fee being struck down.

“No money can be spent from any state fund unless the Legislature specifically appropriates it,” said Fallin. “Let’s be clear. The Office of Management and Enterprise Services (OMES) does not have the authority to transfer monies to the affected agencies from different sources without legislation directing him to do so.”  Continue reading

OK cigarette fee ruled a tax

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled today that a $1.50 cigarette fee scheduled to go into effect this month is an unconstitutional tax.

In an opinion that drew support from every justice, the Court noted that the Legislature introduced four bills that would have created a similar cigarette “tax,” but abandoned them because of lack of support. Late in session, lawmakers finally adopted a “smoking cessation fee.” Continue reading

Task force to assess Corporation Commission

Governor Mary Fallin

Analysis: Governor Mary Fallin Monday issued an executive order establishing a task force to undertake an organizational analysis of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.

Claimed to build on last month’s changes made by the Commission to streamline operations and realign divisions, this analysis will look at what steps can be taken to improve the operations of the agency, but no citizen outside government is named nor is the OK Auditor and Inspector included.   Continue reading