Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin has signed the proposal to reform county government election law. House Bill 1400, proposed by State Representative Jason Murphey and State Senator Anthony Sykes, requires county governments to allow voters to cast a distinct and separate vote on county tax questions.
In the middle of April 2014, I finished my work for the day at the House of Representatives and drove to the Cedar Ridge neighborhood at 220th and MacArthur. It was the commencement of campaign season and for the next few months my family and I would make thousands of visits door to door.
When we talk about the issues that come before us at the state Capitol, there’s a lot to consider. What kind of input have I received from the people I represent? Is this going to be beneficial to them and the state in the years to come? What are other states doing, and what does […]
As we near the end of the legislative session, the Legislature will be presented with last minute, late session emergencies in order to compel legislators to issue more taxpayer-funded debt.
Beginning Nov.1, county assessors in Oklahoma will need to follow protocol when it comes to decreasing the percentage of real or personal property. Gov. Mary Fallin approved the bill this week authored by State Rep. John Pfeiffer (R-Mulhall).
Oklahoma policy makers must come to terms with an evolving conflict of interest. This conflict has been exposed by events that just a few years ago simply could not have been imagined in Oklahoma.
A few weeks ago, in her State of the State speech, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spent a considerable amount of time describing what I believe to be one of the most, if not the most, important ongoing government modernization initiatives.
I believe one of the most basic traits shared by Oklahomans is resilience. Throughout this state’s history, we have been faced with tremendous challenges which we’ve met with grit, tenacity, and the faith that ultimately we would prevail. I am just as confident of our ability to work through tough economic challenges.
Over the past several years, if you have been in attendance while I spoke at the various civic groups and town hall meetings, you have likely heard me describe the study which initiated the move by the House of Representatives to modernize and downsize Oklahoma state government.
It’s that time in the legislative year when the first series of consequential decisions are being made. Lawmakers are receiving thousands of emails from Oklahomans who want their point of view to be heard. Here are a few tips for how to make sure your email is read.
All parties with the Logan County Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) and the Logan County Emergency Medical Services District (EMS) agreed the 2009-13 EMS audit should have been addressed before a joint meeting was held. During the public meeting, a county commissioner asked the EMS Chairman to resign his post.
Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb visited Guthrie as part of his 77 counties in 77 days tour on Friday morning.
Much of my professional career has involved working with nonprofits aimed at improving the lives of Oklahoma children and families. I’ve seen first-hand what can happen when families are struggling with issues like substance abuse, domestic violence or other problems. I also know that even in some situations most of us would find intolerable, given […]
A bill was introduced to the Oklahoma 55th Legislature earlier this month that would add stipulations on county assessors when it comes to decreasing the percentage of real or personal property.
Before the Logan County Commissioners addressed the agenda concerning the Excise/Equalization board in their latest meeting, County Assessor Tisha Hampton read from a prepared statement during open comments from citizens. Hampton said the current excise board publicly opposed of her lowering the real property tax assessment ratio.
Oklahoma’s information technology unification initiative has saved state agencies nearly 100 million dollars in cost savings and cost avoidance.
This week state representatives will cast their first floor votes of the new legislative year. The floor vote represents an important step in the process which a bill must follow in order to become law and every so often I write an article which describes this process as a reminder to the reader of the […]
We have started the repair of two guardrail safety systems, completed the rails on Broadway between Simpson & Simpson Lane and moving next to the rails on Broadway & Simmons respectively. Also, our new asphalt & road maintenance crew has been active this week fixing potholes. If you know of a really bad one, please […]
The following is a Letter to the Editor from District One County Commissioner Marven Goodman. Why do you care? Why do you ask? These questions are often asked by those who have something they would rather not discuss in order to deflect the conversation away from those who are making potentially embarrassing inquiries.
The 2015 legislative session is now underway at the Capitol. While we had one organizational day in January to elect leadership and adopt rules, the regular work of the session actually begins on the first Monday in February. We received the Governor’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget on Monday, and now we […]