The 2014 State questions

Every two years, prior to the November elections, I write an article describing the state questions which will be on the upcoming general election ballot. As a legislator I have the benefit of having already considered these questions during the preceding two years because most state questions are approved by the Legislature prior to placement […]

Senate committee to study veteran homelessness/suicide in state

OKLAHOMA CITY – More than 20 veterans commit suicide every day in the United States and an estimated 60,000 are homeless.  Sen. Frank Simpson and Rep. Tommy Hardin will be holding a joint interim study beginning next week to develop a better understanding of the two issues and figure out a solution to better assist […]

The improved pardon and parole system

Last week I wrote about the national recognition provided to one of Oklahoma’s successful information technology projects. It’s important to note that this is just one of numerous successful ongoing IT projects which are making Oklahoma government more open and accessible to the state’s taxpayers. These project have come about due to a strong ethic […]

Voters say yes to county tax and no to city sales tax

The votes were counted on Tuesday and it concluded with mix results for two sales tax propositions. Voters approved a three-fourths of one percent tax for Logan County. Meanwhile, City of Guthrie voters rejected a proposed one percent increase.

Oklahoma ranks high on national report

OKLAHOMA CITY – According to a report released this week, Oklahoma state government leads the nation in opening up government data to public purview. The report, produced by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for Data Innovation, ranks Oklahoma as one of the top six top scoring states for its open data policies.

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