Legislation updating, streamlining sex offender registration becomes law

Legislation updating, streamlining sex offender registration becomes law

Legislation improving the state’s sex offender registry law has been signed by the governor.  Senate Bill 217, by Sen. AJ Griffin and Rep. Mike Osburn, modifies Oklahoma’s current sex offender registration law to streamline the notification process between local law enforcement, the courts and the Department of Corrections (DOC) and, in certain cases, will require […]

April GRF receipts nearly 13% below monthly estimate

Uncertainty remains for this and next fiscal year

April GRF receipts nearly 13% below monthly estimate

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in April missed the official monthly estimate by 12.9 percent and were 4.4 percent below the estimate for the fiscal year, leading to more uncertainty regarding deeper reductions to state agencies as the Legislature stalls with budget proposals.

ODOT looking at suspending construction work; commission defers award on new highway contracts due to funding concerns

ODOT looking at suspending construction work; commission defers award on new highway contracts due to funding concerns

At its Monday, May 1 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission took unprecedented action on new construction projects due to the ongoing state budget crisis. The Oklahoma Department of Transportation also updated commissioners on proposals being considered by the legislature that would affect transportation funding and the impacts to construction already underway. 

Hofmeister praises passage of bill ensuring parents, teachers maintain voice in RSA

Hofmeister praises passage of bill ensuring parents, teachers maintain voice in RSA

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister praised the state House of Representatives and Senate for making parent/teacher reading teams permanent under the Oklahoma Reading Sufficiency Act (RSA). Yesterday, House Bill 1760, authored by Rep. Katie Henke and Sen. Jason Smalley, passed unanimously out of both the House and Senate and now heads […]

Dept. of Corrections population at 62,000

Another agency population record

Dept. of Corrections population at 62,000

Oklahoma City – On April 25, 2017 during the monthly Board of Corrections meeting at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy, Oklahoma ODOC Director Joe M. Allbaugh informed board members that the agency had a record number of individuals in the system. “Today we have 62,000 in our system,” said Director Allbaugh. “What bothers me is back in December we […]

Modernization Chairman asks Legislators to avoid failed Massachusetts tax hike mistake

Modernization Chairman asks Legislators to avoid failed Massachusetts tax hike mistake

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Government Modernization Chairman Jason Murphey today expressed his strongest opposition to the impending introduction of a legislative plan to put a new tax on the use of information technology services. “Earlier today, Governor Fallin released an article entitled ‘Computer Science, Coding Skills in High Demand by Businesses across Our State’ in […]

March GRF receipts 9% below estimate; State to borrow more money

Borrowing necessary to make monthly agency allocations

March GRF receipts 9% below estimate; State to borrow more money

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in March missed the official monthly estimate by 9 percent and are 2.8 percent below the estimate for the first three quarters of the fiscal year. Total GRF collections of $352.1 million in March will be short of the amount needed to make agency monthly allocations. About $31 […]