Early last August, the Oklahoma Corporation Commission established an official “cutback zone”. The Commission created this zone in response to our area’s seismic swarms.
Last week I wrote about the Legislature’s need to take immediate action to allow for the enforcement of the Corporation Commission’s cutback directives. That article may be viewed at hd31.org/777. Here is why I think immediate legislation is necessary:
It wasn’t good news. Just after 11 a.m. on the morning of November 4, I glanced at my phone and saw the following text: “Really strong earthquake here about 15 minutes ago. Strongest I’ve ever felt.”
I was recently asked about my point of view regarding term limits. It’s was a timely question as I am likely to file a proposal within the next few weeks designed to term limit Supreme Court Justices. In response to the question, I sent this description of how term limits has played an important role […]
Last week I wrote of the shared feeling of helplessness which many feel regarding their inability to have their voice heard in the large, ever-more intrusive federal government.
From time to time I give a presentation to area civic and political groups regarding legislative events. I have found that the greatest value from these presentations isn’t in the formal, public interaction with the audience but in the input I receive as attendees speak to me after the meeting concludes.
In a 2007 committee hearing, legislators received an important report containing cost-saving recommendations. One notable recommendation suggested that “tremendous ongoing savings” would be realized if higher education entities, including the University of Oklahoma, would collaborate with each other and state agencies in purchasing activities.
Last week I provided a copy of a letter which I wrote to legislators in 2014 regarding the need for budget reform. In that letter I outlined the benefits of transitioning the state budget development framework away from a “closed door” process by which only a few have power and into a member-driven budget which […]
As I composed last week’s article regarding the need for a reform of the state budget process, I recalled a letter in which I made the case for reform and sent it to members of the House Majority Caucus during the spring of 2014. In that letter, I sought to point to the potential advantages […]
Think about the means by which a business prepares its budget. Each business unit submits its operational plans and budget for the next year to management. Unit leaders must document and defend their rationale for each request.
It was 2007 and House Speaker Lance Cargill’s call to me occurred a few weeks following the start of my first legislative session. As a legislative freshman, I had already observed the great power held by the Speaker of the House. I knew to take Cargill’s call very seriously.
It’s a state budget shortfall which some believe could run as high as one billion dollars. Despite this large number, next year’s budget downtown could prove beneficial to the taxpayers provided that policymakers learn from the lessons of the past.
The proposal went it into effect this Sunday; however, it was many years in the making. I first filed the proposal as a bill in February of 2010. It contained a simple concept: state government should never unnecessarily add to the financial burden of those who are trying to adopt.
Last week I wrote about how this is the time of year when legislators start to shore up their list of legislation for the next session. It’s a great time to remind your elected official of that bill idea you once gave to them.
We are at that time when legislators start to finalize their list of bills for the next legislative session. Some of these bills are sponsored based on feedback and suggestions from the constituency of the legislator. As many of these ideas are sent through email, I thought it a good time to share my list […]
This is the time of year during which it is customary for legislators to conduct hearings before the various legislative committees. This year I am participating as a sponsoring legislator for three of these hearings and am eligible to participate in additional hearings in my role as a member of the host committees.
He was a good legislator. He had the best of intentions, a driving desire to do right, and had staved off the co-opting forces of special-interest influence, personal pride, and self-interest. He had good ideas for reform and and the courage to act on them.
I wrote an article in 2011 about a new, disturbing trend of political correctness which I strongly believed presented a real danger to the ability of policymakers to engage in honest and open debate.
Local news outlets recently highlighted the planned implosion of two buildings in downtown Oklahoma City. Media footage featured cheering crowds as the historic buildings fell.
I am preparing to wrap up my latest series of articles, the intent of which has been to focus almost exclusively on positive happenings. I’ve attempted to focus on the positive as a balance to my previous series of articles regarding some of the troubling outcomes from this year’s legislative session.