May GRF receipts 1.5% below monthly estimate

Money returned to Rainy Day Fund for education ad valorem reimbursement

May GRF receipts 1.5% below monthly estimate

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.

Governor signs criminal justice reform bill; disappointed more wasn’t done this session

Governor signs criminal justice reform bill; disappointed more wasn’t done this session

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.

Governor signs budget bill, highlights successes in 2017 Legislative session

Governor signs budget bill, highlights successes in 2017 Legislative session

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 […]

Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem comments on 2017 session

Says REAL ID, energy jobs policy wins during challenging budget year

Oklahoma Senate Pro Tem comments on 2017 session

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 […]

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 […]