OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today said the Legislature must return in special session to deal with the $215 million shortfall caused by a proposed smoking cessation fee being struck down.
Corporate income taxes again contribute nothing to GRF
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in July were equal to the monthly estimate, while outpacing the prior year collections by 10.7 percent for the first month of the fiscal year. GRF collections in July totaled $411.4 million, which is equal to the official estimate upon which the fiscal year 2018 appropriated state budget […]
State Sen. AJ Griffin has been appointed to a panel charged with examining the prescription opioid crisis that’s claimed the lives of thousands of Oklahomans in recent years. Griffin, R-Guthrie, was the principal Senate author of legislation creating the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse.
It appears the Oklahoma Legislature will be heading to a special session after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on Thursday the Legislature unconstitutionally passed the $1.50-per-pack cigarette fee during the final days of this year’s session.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Legislation has been filed that seeks to close a loophole in Oklahoma statutes that allow sex offenders to live next door or near their victim.
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services announced planned reductions totaling about $30 million over the course of the next fiscal year to a number of programs serving vulnerable children and adults.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) today announced that for the second year in a row it set a new statewide record distribution to Oklahoma’s public schools.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Representatives Scott Biggs, John Pfeiffer and Casey Murdock today issued a joint statement praising former Oklahoma Attorney General and current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (APA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on his help to rescind the Clean Water Rule of 2015, also known as Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). During a Senate Appropriations hearing […]
Money returned to Rainy Day Fund for education ad valorem reimbursement
OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in May missed the official monthly estimate by 1.5 percent, providing enough revenue to cover current FY17 allocation needs and avoiding further cuts to agencies as borrowed funds are returned.
Mike Patterson Will Join Cabinet as Transportation Secretary
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced that Gary Ridley, who served as secretary of transportation for two governors, is retiring. His retirement is effective immediately.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Bobby Cleveland announced today he will request an interim study concerning the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) following a letter from disgruntled employees.
Chris Evans with Guthrie News Page sits down with Rep. John Pfeiffer and Senator AJ Griffin and talks about a number of legislative items, including the state budget and education.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin signed the remaining criminal justice reform bill that was the result of recommendations from her Oklahoma Justice Reform Task Force, saying it was disappointing other proposed measures that would have had more of a direct impact on Oklahoma’s over-capacity prison population stalled in the House of Representatives.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed the Fiscal Year 2018 budget bill (Senate Bill 860) into law, which closes an $878 million shortfall, maintains common education funding at current levels, and prevents the closings of hospitals and nursing homes. The 2018 fiscal year appropriated budget will be $6,830,177,825. It is $37,782,641, or 0.55 […]
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services learned the agency will receive an appropriation of nearly $700 million for the state fiscal year 2018, which is $33 million short of its current budget obligations. “We will be evaluating our options as well as priorities for the next year, preparing to make some very difficult decisions,” said […]
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol and the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety express their appreciation to Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority for providing funding for an OHP training academy in 2018.
Following the 2017 legislative session, Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration (CCOSA) Executive Director Dr. Pam Deering says they remain committed to Oklahoma students and educators.
Says REAL ID, energy jobs policy wins during challenging budget year
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz commented on the 2017 session, saying great policy bookended a session dominated by a $1 billion budget shortfall. “The Oklahoma Senate worked this session with the goal of ensuring the policies we enacted had long-term vision and set Oklahoma on the path to success now […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today released the following statement on the budget agreement that has been reached for the 2018 fiscal year:
OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Fallin recently signed legislation to allow certain military members to carry a handgun without a handgun license. Sen. Kim David is the author of Senate Bill 35 and says military members’ extensive training with weapons makes the requirement of having a gun license unnecessary.