May 2017

Shelley Brumbaugh to seek House District 76

 

Shelley Brumbaugh, the widow of State Representative David Brumbaugh, will run for her husband’s vacant seat in House District 76. “Not only is there unfinished business that David was committed to in his role as Chairman of the Republican House Caucus, but I also have a legislative agenda to be completed in support of our […]

Nunley, Gaddis win in District 75 primaries

 

Republican Tressa Nunley and Democrat Karen Gaddis will face each other in a special election July 11 to fill the vacant seat in House District 75. Nunley got 64 percent of the vote in the GOP primary, with Nik Berg getting 28 percent. Former Tulsa City Councilor Skip Steele got 7 percent of the vote […]

Danny Stockstill to run for congressional seat

 

Tulsa police chaplain, small business owner and pastor Danny Stockstill announced he will run for Oklahoma’s 1st District Congressional seat. U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine said he would not run for a fourth term in 2018. Bridenstine is a top candidate for chief administrator for NASA and if he gets that post, there would be a […]

Bill to cap charitable deductions is pulled: Coburn and Baptists kill HB2347’s $17,000 limit

 

Taxpayers who donate to charities, including churches, dodged a bullet last week as lawmakers pulled a controversial bill that would cap the deduction for contribution. House Bill 2347 by Rep. Kevin Wallace, R-Wellston, and Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang; and Sen. Kim David, R-Wagoner, and Sen. Eddie Fields, R-Wynona, was pulled after a firestorm of protest […]

Lankford: Comey lost trust

 

Senator James Lankford, R-Oklahoma,  who serves on the Senate Intelligence Committee, commented on the firing last week of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump. “James Comey had an incredibly difficult job in his role as FBI Director and I am grateful for his service,” Lankford said. “The issues that our law enforcement, intelligence […]

Senate approves jobs bill

 

An Oklahoma Senate committee gave approval to a jobs bill from Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz that is anticipated to spur an increase in oil and gas drilling in the state of Oklahoma, creating new energy jobs and boosting state and local revenues. “The best way to generate more revenue from oil and gas […]

EOI history repeal veto irks PTA

 

Oklahoma PTA, an organization that was formerly nonpartisan, is urging a vote to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto of Senate Bill 2, which removed the requirement to administer end-of-instruction U.S. history tests for public schools. SB2, by Sen. J.J. Dossett, D-Owasso, and Sen. Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City; and Rep. Katie Henke, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Jadine […]

Bills to help sexual assault victims

 

Gov. Mary Fallin signed two bills  that aim to protect victims of sexual assault crimes. House Bill 1005 elevates the crime of rape by instrumentation to rape in the first degree. State law currently views rape by instrumentation as rape in the second degree. House Bill 1127 requires that a court must instruct the jury […]

Fallin still wants cigarette tax hike

 

Gov. Mary Fallin criticized the vote on House Bill 2365 in the House of Representatives Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget meeting because it didn’t advance tax increases on gasoline and cigarettes. “I am disappointed the House Democrats on the Joint Appropriations and Budget Committee voted against the cigarette and gasoline revenue measure to help […]

Student tuition bill gets approval

 

The Oklahoma Tuition Equalization Grant gives $2,000 stipends for state students attending certain qualified private and independent, not-for-profit colleges and universities. The governor signed Senate Bill 600, by Sen. Jason Smalley and Rep. Katie Henke, this week to clarify that eligible institutions must have been granted not-for-profit status by the Internal Revenue Service and the […]