The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a $7.6 billion general appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that gives significant funding increases for common education, mental health services, child welfare programs, and criminal justice reform. Continue reading
As Tulsa Today covered in advance (posted here), six of the 10 candidates vying for the gubernatorial nomination joined Monday in a forum hosted by The Oklahoman.
Trevor Brown with Oklahoma Watch provided yesterday some interesting takeaways worthy of deeper consideration and additional perspective. Continue reading
Governor Mary Fallin today signed a bill that creates a pilot program, overseen by state agriculture officials and Oklahoma’s higher education institutions, allowing permits to grow industrial hemp.
House Bill (HB) 2913 creates the Oklahoma Industrial Hemp Agricultural Pilot Program. Continue reading
Analysis: The six Oklahoma Republicans campaigning for governor over the past year will meet tonight and you can watch online. They are set to appear at a forum sponsored by The Oklahoman at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Newsok.com will provide live streaming of the forum, with questions scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.
A total of 15 people filed for governor: 10 Republicans, two Democrats and three Libertarians. I bet at least seven filed as a bucket-list check off, but maybe a partridge in a pear tree can win. The serious nature of the job suggests filing is not the best time to begin a statewide campaign to reach over three million people. Continue reading
To strengthen Oklahoma families and the state’s economy, the Senate approved legislation Wednesday to establish work or training requirements to participate in the SoonerCare Medicaid program. House Bill 2932, authored by Sen. Adam Pugh and Rep. Glen Mulready, would instruct the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to seek waiver authority to modify Medicaid eligibility criteria to require documentation of the same education, skills, training, work or job activities currently required by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Continue reading