OKLAHOMA CITY – The State of Oklahoma collected more than $132 million in tribal gaming exclusivity fees in fiscal year 2016 under the state-tribal gaming compact. The record amount is not only good news for Oklahoma education funding, but also continues an upward trend since the first decline two years ago.
A child abuse registry created in 2010 to help child care providers screen out potential employees with findings of abuse or neglect has glaring gaps that could leave many Oklahoma children at risk. That’s according to Sen. AJ Griffin, who requested an interim study to look at the issue. The Senate Health and Human Services […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Senate Health and Human Services met Tuesday to hear from local healthcare organizations about the importance of the health center uncompensated care fund (UCF) to the health and well-being of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Department of Health stopped distributing payments to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) for health care to the […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Representative Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, made sure that he was representing House District 31 citizens by being present to vote in 867 out of 867 roll call votes during the 2016 legislative session. During the ten-year time frame since being elected to office, Murphey voted in 11,887 out of 11,956 roll call […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma State Board of Education (OSBE) today approved the reallocation of $3.4 million in previously mandated cuts to the Support of Public School Activities. The funds were part of the $40.2 million returned to the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) earlier this month as the result of an over-cut in […]
Gov. Mary Fallin (seated) and Sen. AJ Griffin (far right) at a bill signing ceremony recently held at the state Capitol to mark the approval of HB 2962, which requires insurance companies to cover the screening, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorder for children under the age of 9. Griffin, R-Guthrie, was the principal […]
The initiative will identify priority health concerns, access to care issues
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today announced the official kickoff of the Oklahoma Veterans Pilot Program, a private/public initiative to develop a comprehensive healthcare access and delivery system for the state’s veterans.
Sales tax declines continue across Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY – Collection anomalies caused total General Revenue Fund (GRF) receipts to surge 31 percent above the estimate in August, while sales tax collections to the GRF continued a lengthy decline.
(OKLAHOMA CITY) The Department of Public Safety has announced that the agency will receive a $1.9 million allocation from the state budget surplus.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The annual filing most insurance carriers will use to develop rates for workers’ compensation insurance shows a decrease for the fourth year in a row. The National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) filed an overall loss cost decrease of 10.2 percent on Thursday. NCCI credits Oklahoma’s loss cost decrease to declines in market […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is committed to helping those affected by one of the strongest earthquakes in state history. Gov. Mary Fallin declared a state of emergency in Pawnee County, the area rocked hardest by Saturday’s 5.6 magnitude quake. OID representatives toured the damaged areas and met with local officials Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Choctaw Nation Chief Gary Batton have signed a hunting and fishing compact, which will allow the tribe to buy hunting and fishing licenses at a bulk rate.
State Representatives Jason Murphey and Mark Lepak, who currently serve as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the House State Government Operations Committee respectively, are taking note of an important milestone in the effort to unify Oklahoma state government’s information technology resources.
The Department of Public Safety has confirmed that the agency is considering furloughing State Troopers and DPS employees across Oklahoma after losing several million dollars in budget cuts the last two years.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin signed election proclamations that place five additional state questions on the November 8 general election ballot.
OKLAHOMA CITY – More of Oklahoma’s graduating seniors took the ACT college entrance exam than in the previous five years, according to information released today by ACT.
Greater visibility helps law enforcement, public safety
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today led an interagency coalition in unveiling the design for Oklahoma’s new state license plate, titled “Explore Oklahoma.” The new plate depicts Oklahoma’s state bird, a scissor-tailed flycatcher, soaring over lakes, mountains and mesas, highlighting Oklahoma’s diverse ecology and natural beauty.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Office of Management and Enterprise Services today approved premium rates for health, dental, life, disability and vision insurance plans to be offered to state, education and many local government employees, retirees and dependents for 2017.
Declines persist, but are not as deep as recent months
OKLAHOMA CITY – Ongoing sales tax declines contributed to monthly General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections opening the new fiscal year below the estimate, albeit by a smaller margin than in recent months.
Director Ed Lake says agency will seek supplemental funding
Oklahoma City — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services, facing a more than $100 million shortfall in its current fiscal year budget, announced $45 million in reductions the agency is beginning to make. DHS warned that supplemental funding will be needed early in the next calendar year for the agency to make it through the […]