Smart meter bill aims at customers’ problems


Rep. Dale Derby, R-Owasso, has introduced House Bill 2872 to offer consumers more say in terms of the mandatory installation of smart meters by state utilities. The bill would compel the Oklahoma Corporation Commission to make utilities get written consent for the installation of smart meters and providing for their removal. According to the bill, […]

Rep. Gann is optimistic


State Rep. Tom Gann says Oklahomans have every reason for optimism when it comes to the state budget, funding a teacher pay raise and paying for core government services. None of that is dependent upon passing the largest tax increase ever put before the state Legislature, said Gann. “I was emboldened by President Donald Trump’s […]

House leadership list


Some Tulsa-area lawmakers are leading key committees in the new session of the Oklahoma Legislature. Here is a list of House committee leaders. Rep. Chuck Strohm, R-Tulsa, is vice chairman of the Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee. Strohm is chairman of the Elections and Ethics Committee. Dr. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, is the chairman of the […]

Lankford: Mexican gangs in control


U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, came back from a recent trip to Mexico with some troubling facts. “The security and prosperity of our nation are directly affected by that of our neighbors,” said Lankford. “Currently, about 45 percent of Mexico is controlled by approximately 15,000 armed gang members, who engage in drug trafficking, human trafficking, […]

Fallin institutes burn ban


Governor Mary Fallin issued a burn ban for much of the western half of the state because of extreme weather conditions and extraordinary fire danger. The governor’s burn ban supersedes any county burn bans currently in place. It expires at midnight on Feb. 16. Additionally, four counties in eastern Oklahoma remain under county commissioner-issued bans. […]

Piper headlines Christian Values Summit March 29-30


The Christian Values Summit, featuring Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and other noteworthy speakers, will be in Tulsa on March 29-30. The scheduled speakers are: Piper is president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University and is an author known for his defense of intellectual freedom. Dan Fisher is an author, a former Oklahoma State […]

Annual Mend banquet is March 8


Tulsa’s Mend Medical Clinic and Pregnancy Resource Center will host its annual Banquet March 8 with the theme, “Blessings that Speak for Life” on March 8 at the Glenpool Conference Center. Registration starts at 6 p.m. and the program begins promptly at 6:30 p.m. The deadline for sponsoring a table is February 15. You can […]

Hunter applauds Wal-Mart ideas


Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter met at a local Wal-Mart pharmacy with officials from Wal-Mart and DisposeRx to receive a hands-on demonstration of an innovative new initiative to help curb the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. Wal-Mart announced last week it would carry and distribute the opioid disposal solution, known as DisposeRx, in all of its […]

Summer food program needs help


The Oklahoma Department of Education is looking for organizations to handle the Summer Food Service Program. Eligible sponsors include public or governmental agencies, private, nonprofit residential summer camps and private, nonprofit organizations. This program provides nutritious meals for children from needy areas who participate in summer educational or recreational programs and for eligible children enrolled […]

Lots of issues on February 13 ballot


Voters will go to the polls February 13 in Tulsa and surrounding cities and school district to elect school board members, city councilors and various bond issues. Union School District is asking for $128,600,000.00 for a five-year bond issue for a host of projects under two propositions. The proposal to increase property taxes includes: $42,475,000.00 […]