This past week, I witnessed one of the most significant county road funding policy success since taking office as State Representative.
You may have seen recent news reports detailing how Britain’s national debt now equals 90% of its entire economy. The Daily Mail published a graph showing the acceleration of the UK’s debt since 1992. I noted that although on a larger scale, the UK debt accelerated at a significantly slower rate than Oklahoma’s state debt […]
Oklahoma legislators have become rather accustomed to receiving emails and calls from those who are intensely worried about ongoing federal overreach. Many of these contacts are from those who want state officials to do whatever is possible to stop the federal government’s attempted expansion into the healthcare venue. Based on this input, I know it […]
Consider the following statement one might hear if they stay around the capitol very long: “If there is one consistent thing about that legislator, it is that he is consistently inconsistent!”
In 2010, the state electorate gave a vote of confidence to a new wave of state-level office holders. Nearly all of these candidates ran on a conservative platform of small government. I have closely observed the performance of these new office holders. Would they follow through on their conservative promises or would they become co-opted […]
Aside from the last week of the legislative session, this is probably the busiest week in the legislative year. Bills authored by those who serve in the House of Representatives must win approval by the entire House by the end of the week, or they are not eligible for additional consideration.
Last Thursday was the deadline for House committees to approve bills. Any bills not approved by committee before or on that day must wait a year for any additional action.
For years, the conservative fiscal values of Oklahomans were upheld because state officials were unable to issue general bonded indebtedness without first receiving approval through a vote of the people. This is because Oklahoma’s Constitution requires a balanced budget and prevents debt issuance without a vote of the people.
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
The list of bills to be considered this year by the Legislature has now been published. As hundreds of bills have been filed, it takes a very careful observer to take note of a rather interesting fact. Perhaps unnoticed in the sea of proposed measures are a fascinating series of initiatives by one particular State […]
It is a very old story that I have heard repeated many times. It seems that legislators cannot hold a budget hearing or meet with representatives of state and local government agencies without being subjected to a long and nuanced description of the agency’s great financial needs.
This is the time of year when Governors across the nation are providing State of the State speeches to their various state legislatures. I enjoy watching these presentations (they can be viewed at c-span.org). It is important for Oklahoma policy makers to know what policy makers in other states are working on to ensure we […]
During the past few weeks I have received many emails about 2nd amendment related legislation that will be sponsored this year in the Oklahoma. Here is a just-released updated describing one such measure of which I will be one of 15 principle authors.
Last week, members of the House of Representatives received their committee appointments for the next two years.
In the next few weeks I plan to release the latest version of the House District 31 transportation update. This update is published periodically in response to great interest expressed by local constituents.
Last week, I wrote of the House of Representatives’ creation of new committees designed to expand legislative purview at the state level. Specifically, I pointed to the attempt to gain a grasp on the state’s overwhelming dependence on federal dollars.
Last week, Representative T.W. Shannon, the new Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced the House committee structure for the next legislative session. This event has been greatly anticipated by members of the Legislature. Shannon campaigned for the Speaker position on the platform of truly allowing the makeup of the House membership to be represented […]
This week marks the first deadline when state legislators (Representatives and Senators) must submit notice of their intent to file bills for the 2013 legislative session.
When many of House District 31 residents, who also live in Logan County, received their new property tax assessments last April, they noticed a refreshing sight. Their property assessment stayed the same or may have even dropped.
Perhaps no effort to shrink the size of state government has been more aggressive than the attempt to consolidate the state’s massive information technology infrastructure. As part of this reform, we included a robust reporting requirement in the legislation that mandated the reform.