Rep. Rogers’ bill returns controls to local school districts


Legislation that will save millions of dollars and give greater control to local school districts in evaluating teachers went into effect July 1.   House Bill 2957, by Rep. Michael Rogers, vice chair of the House Common Education Committee, and Sen. John Ford, Senate Education chair, was approved during the just-ended 2016 legislative session. The measure […]

New law protects Oklahoma waters


The Tulsa Metropolitan Utility Authority (TMUA) recently presented Oklahoma legislators Rep. Terry O’Donnell and Sen. Dan Newberry a resolution of appreciation for their help in passage of House Bill 2446, which made water a “compelling interest” in Oklahoma. The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin on May 17, specifically defined “protection […]

Senior Saturday concerts in July


Senior Saturdays is a concept of concerts “designed with Seniors in mind,” said Producer Bob Archer. The first one will kick off on July 30 at 2 p.m. with a concert which will feature the American Celebration Orchestra (known for big band arrangements) along with a soloist, Colleen Thompson, who sings a lot for Veterans’ […]

Tim Gillespie to speak at townhall


The Muskogee Patriot Townhall meetings will hear from Tim Gillespie, president of Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, at its monthly meeting August 4. Gillespie will explain the problems with the Oklahoma Constitution as related to the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and citizens’ rights. On September 1, the townhall program will be a presentation by […]

City of Tulsa needs crossing guards


The City of Tulsa is preparing for the upcoming school year and seeking school crossing guards. School crossing guards supervise children who walk or bicycle to school and help them safely cross the street at key locations. A guard also helps children develop the skills to cross streets safely at all times and reminds drivers […]

Agencies sign on to data sharing


Several Oklahoma government agencies have collaborated to develop protocols for data sharing with each other in an effort to improve the services they provide. “Accurate data allows us to more appropriately evaluate the effectiveness of our programs to meet the needs of Oklahomans and to ensure we are good stewards of the taxpayer’s monies,” said […]

Appointment to university boards


Governor Mary Fallin announced these appointments to education-related boards. Each has been confirmed by the state Senate. Board of Trustees for Langston University-Oklahoma City and Langston University-Tulsa Stanley L. Evans, of Oklahoma City, was appointed to a seven-year term that ends in June 2023. He succeeds M.L. Jemison. Evans retired from the U.S. Army in […]

A host of state questions are up for grabs


A group in Oklahoma City has filed a protest to a proposed ballot measure that would increase state sales tax by 1 percent – a 22 percent increase. This is another development in a season of state questions that could wind up on the November 8 ballot. Some are from lawmakers and some from initiative […]

State Question Status


State Question 792 – Alcoholic beverages The Attorney General’s preliminary ballot title was filed June 16. State Question 791 – Alcoholic beverages This would let licensees who currently hold licenses to sell low-point beer to sell beer and malt beverages. It lets groceries and supermarkets get licenses to sell wine up to 14 percent alcohol […]