September 2017

O’Hara wins SD37 vote; GOP loses a House seat

 

Former Jenks City Councilor Brian O’Hara won the GOP primary September 12 for the special election for Senate District 37 and will face Democrat Allison Ikley-Freeman in the special election on November 14. That election is needed due to the retirement of Sen. Dan Newberry, R-Tulsa, who is leaving to pursue a business opportunity. O’Hara […]

BACK IN SESSION: Schultz wants a quick decision

 

With a special session starting September 25 , Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem Mike Schulz called on lawmakers to put partisan politics aside and come together on a plan to fill the $215 million budget hole created by court rulings this summer. “The special session is rapidly approaching and all we’ve seen so far is political […]

Lawmakers seek preparation for budget battle in special session

 

State Reps. Lewis Moore and Bobby Cleveland announced today they are challenging Republican lawmakers to prepare for a line-by-line budget review ahead of a pre-session Republican Caucus meeting in December. Moore and Cleveland hope lawmakers will each find $50 million to $100 million in budget reductions and efficiencies. “We have spent too much time and […]

Balanced Budget Amendment conference draws state support

 

An Oklahoma delegation of state Senators Micheal Bergstrom, Nathan Dahm and Julie Daniels as well as Reps. Mark Lepak and John Bennett, former Rep. Gary Banz and attorney Mark Nuttle was in Phoenix, Arizona, last week attending the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) Planning Convention. The gathering was preparing the rules and guidelines for a future […]

Sen. Marlatt resigns and Fallin calls for another special election

 

Governor Mary Fallin ordered a special election to fill the vacancy in Oklahoma Senate District 27 caused by the irrevocable resignation of former Sen.Bryce Marlatt. Marlatt, a Republican, resigned from office after being charged with sexual battery following a complaint by an Uber driver. The filing period for the special election is Oct. 2, 3 […]

State revenue growth eats away at budget deficit situation

 

As Gov. Mary Fallin calls a special session to presumably raise taxes, state revenue is growing – a development that may take care of the budget deficit. State Treasurer Ken Million reports that total revenue for the state during the past 12 months are higher than collections during the prior 12 months for the first […]

More Oklahoma high school students are taking the ACT

 

Oklahoma increased its ACT participation by 29 percent in one year – the largest gain of ACT-tested graduates in the country. The ACT is a test that measures a students readiness for college and is a basis for admission standards for some schools Oklahoma joins the collection of states identified by ACT as having 100 […]

Tulsa ranks No. 60 in ‘best place to raise a family’ report

 

A report that compared 41 statistics has rated Tulsa as No. 60 overall in terms of the best place to raise a family. WalletHub.com’s report on “2017’s Best & Worst Places to Raise a Family” ranges from housing affordability to school-system quality to share of families with young kids. In a study of 150 cities, […]

Removing tax hike on semi-trucks

 

House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols said he will file legislation during the upcoming 2018 legislative session to clarify that the removal of a portion of the sales tax exemption on motor vehicles should not be applied to the purchase or transfer of semi-trucks. House Bill 2433, passed by the Legislature in May, amended the […]

Hurricane students from Harvey?

 

In the wake of devastation in Louisiana and Texas, Oklahoma is ready to receive children displaced by Hurricane Harvey. State School Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) will make every effort to reduce bureaucratic barriers that might prevent a student’s immediate placement in an Oklahoma school. Under the McKinney – […]