Gov Fallin signs bill for hemp pilot program

Governor Mary Fallin signs House Bill 2913 on Monday.

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

George Strait concert street party

George Strait

In the ultimate warm-up concerts; QuikTrip, BOK Center and Pepsi are throwing a free street party prior to both of George Strait’s sold-out Tulsa performances at BOK Center on Friday, June 1 and Saturday, June 2 from 5:00 – 7:15PM.

The pre-concert Street Parties feature Country Artists Jerrod Niemann and Tulsa Native Joe Diffie.    Continue reading

Online governor forum tonight

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

A Legacy of Literacy

This week, I woke, as countless people around the world did, to face the news that Barbara Bush had passed away.  I had the privilege of working with Mrs. Bush in a literacy campaign and shared the stage with her on two separate occasions.  While the thought of her passing is sobering, our sadness at her death is tempered by the life she lived. Continue reading

OK Senate approves work for Medicaid

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