Sen. Hall named to bipartisan Loft oversight committee

Sen. Hall named to bipartisan Loft oversight committee

State Sen. Chuck Hall, R- Perry, has been chosen to serve on a bipartisan, bicameral oversight committee for the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT).  Creating the office was a top agenda goal during the 2019 Legislative Session in order to help improve government transparency and accountability.  Historically, legislators have had to rely on state […]

Governor launches Oklahoma checkbook ensuring easy access to government’s spending ledger

Governor launches Oklahoma checkbook ensuring easy access to government’s spending ledger

OKLAHOMA CITY — Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the launch of Oklahoma Checkbook, fulfilling a campaign promise to provide Oklahomans with an easy-to-navigate site so they can understand how their taxpayer dollars are being spent. The interactive website, which provides near real time data on the state’s expenses, ensures citizens can quickly and easily review […]

Senate Minutes with Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with Senator Chuck Hall

The 2019 legislative session is officially adjourned.  When the session began there was a strong feeling of optimism about what could be accomplished—by the time we concluded our work, it was obvious that those hopes were right on target.  This was an excellent session for the citizens of our great state. We were able to […]

Rep. Mize: Legislative session ends, interim studies begin soon

Rep. Mize: Legislative session ends, interim studies begin soon

The Legislature finished business last Thursday, but we officially adjourned “sine die” on Friday, May 31 at 5 p.m. We’ve had a very successful session and passed bills covering everything from education to government transparency to nursing home funding.  Last week, the Governor officially signed the historic $8.1 billion budget for Fiscal Year 2020. After […]

Rep. Mize: Legislature proposes budget, begins hearing measures

Rep. Mize: Legislature proposes budget, begins hearing measures

With the end of session drawing closer, I joined my colleagues in the Legislature and the Governor to announce our budget agreement on Wednesday. This year’s historic budget is fiscally responsible and well-thought out. We’re accomplishing a lot this year without introducing any new taxes! Education remains a top priority for us. The budget includes […]

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Without a doubt, no one agency, no one elected official ever gets everything they want in the budget.  But I believe when you take into account the priorities we outlined at the beginning of the session and our desire to strengthen our state’s core services, the 2020 fiscal year budget is the top achievement of […]

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

With our passage of legislation giving the governor the power to directly hire and fire directors at five of the state’s top agencies, the confirmation process is even more important.  It means we must thoroughly vet nominees as they appear before our committees to determine if that nomination should proceed to the floor.  It’s a […]

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Once again, we’re heading into another major deadline—April 25 is the last day for the full Senate to vote on bills that were sent over by the House.  That deadline comes just two weeks after the final day for Senate committees to consider legislation from across the rotunda.  We had a short session week last […]

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

With the second week of April underway, we are ten weeks into the 2019 legislative session, and quickly approaching the Thursday, April 11 deadline for Senate committees to consider legislation that was originally introduced in the House of Representatives.  I serve as vice-chair of the Senate Finance Committee, and from time to time I am […]

Committee secures passage of bill to prohibit vaping on school property

Committee secures passage of bill to prohibit vaping on school property

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Mark Vancuren, R-Owasso, this morning won unanimous passage of a bill that will prohibit vapor products on school property in the House Common Education Committee. Senate Bill 33, authored by Vancuren and Sen. J.J. Dossett, D-Owasso, modifies the 24.7 Tobacco-Free Schools Act. The committee passed the bill 16-0. It is […]

The RoundUp: Local Legislators discuss the first six weeks at the State Capitol

The RoundUp: Local Legislators discuss the first six weeks at the State Capitol

Chris Evans visits with Rep. Garry Mize, Rep. John Pfeiffer and Senator Chuck Hall on the first six weeks of the legislative session on The Roundup. Each legislator discusses the big issues taking place inside the State Capitol. The Roundup is a City of Guthrie production in partnership with Guthrie News Page. If you prefer […]

Governor Stitt signs agency accountability bills

Governor Stitt signs agency accountability bills

Oklahoma City – Governor Kevin Stitt today signed five agency accountability bills that give the executive branch the authority to hire and fire agency leaders for the Oklahoma Healthcare Authority (SB 456), Oklahoma Department of Transportation (SB 457), Oklahoma Department of Corrections (HB 2480), Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (HB 2479), and Oklahoma Department of […]

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