House passes bill requiring same transparency from virtual charter schools as other public schools

House passes bill requiring same transparency from virtual charter schools as other public schools

OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill to require the same level of transparency from virtual charter schools as other public schools passed the Oklahoma House of Representatives today. House Bill 1395 amends language in the Oklahoma Charter Schools Act of 2012 to hold virtual charter schools subject to the same financial reporting requirements and audits as […]

House passes $1,000 tax credit for teachers who purchase classroom supplies out of pocket

House passes $1,000 tax credit for teachers who purchase classroom supplies out of pocket

HOKLAHOMA CITY – The House of Representatives today unanimously passed a measure that would provide Oklahoma school teachers some financial relief when they spend money out of pocket for their classrooms. House Bill 2502, by House Speaker Charles McCall, would provide a $1,000 tax credit that teachers can claim for classroom expenditures and fees associated […]

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

The most important responsibility the Legislature is charged with is to write and pass a balanced budget on behalf of the citizens of this state.  Just like a family budgeting their dollars, we know there will always be more needs and wants than resources—so just like that family, it’s our job to prioritize the state’s […]

Mize passes bill supporting Oklahoma’s Film and Music Industry

Mize passes bill supporting Oklahoma’s Film and Music Industry

OKLAHOMA CITY— Rep. Garry Mize, R-Guthrie, announced Thursday the passage of House Bill 2511 from the Oklahoma House of Representatives. HB2511 allows the State Purchasing Director to authorize purchases for the Oklahoma Film & Music Office to utilize a state purchase card for programs, functions or services essential to the agency’s mission. “House Bill 2511 […]

Academic state champs recognized at State Capitol

Academic state champs recognized at State Capitol

The Guthrie High School wrestling team and the Coyle High School boy’s basketball team were recognized Tuesday morning at the State Capitol. State Representative Garry Mize introduced the wrestling team to the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Afterwards, the team was introduced to the Oklahoma Senate by Senator Chuck Hall. The Bluejays, led by head coach […]

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

By the end of this week we will have completed the first month of the of the 2019 session and passed the February 28 deadline for bills introduced in the Senate to be voted on by Senate Committees. One thing we’ve been waiting for is the February meeting of the State Board of Equalization.  This […]

Voter registration deadline is March 8; City, school bond election

Voter registration deadline is March 8; City, school bond election

Friday, March 8, is the last day to apply for voter registration in order to be eligible to vote in the April 2 Board of Education General Election, Statutory Municipal General Election and Special School Election for Guthrie SD I-1, Cashion SD I-089, Luther SD I-3, the City of Guthrie, the City of Crescent and […]

Rep. Mize: First two weeks in the House

Rep. Mize: First two weeks in the House

Two weeks ago, newly sworn-in Gov. Kevin Stitt kicked off the fresh legislative session with his first State of the State Address before a joint Legislature. In his address, the Governor outlined a conservative, pro-economic growth plan for Oklahoma that demands government accountability and efficiency while also addressing the needs of our core agencies. He […]

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

Senate Minutes with State Senator Chuck Hall

The last several weeks have been a roller coaster ride as my fellow freshmen members of the Senate and I have been preparing for the 2019 legislative session.  We’ve been through caucus meetings, orientation and training sessions, awaiting our committee appointments then working with staff to get bills filed ahead of the session.  It went […]

Watch: Gov. Stitt delivers State of the State

Watch: Gov. Stitt delivers State of the State

Governor Kevin Stitt delivered his first State of the State on Monday inside the State Capitol. Oklahoma’s new Republican governor wants to use a projected budget surplus to give a $1,200 pay raise for public school teachers that would bring the state to tops in the region for pay and benefits for educators. EMBARGOED COPY […]

Wallace, Pfeiffer and Mize assigned committees for 57th Oklahoma Legislature

Pictured (L-R): Rep. Kevin Wallace, Rep. John Pfeiffer and Rep. Garry Mize.

Wallace, Pfeiffer and Mize assigned committees for 57th Oklahoma Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Charles McCall announced committee assignments for standing House committees and appropriation subcommittees of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature, including Republican Representatives Kevin Wallace, John Pfeiffer and Garry Mize. “I am thankful that we have 101 members who are willing to roll up their sleeves and serve where they are most needed,” said […]

Sen. Chuck Hall named to key committees ahead of session

Sen. Chuck Hall named to key committees ahead of session

State Sen. Chuck Hall has been chosen for a committee leadership post for the 57th Legislature. Hall, R-Perry, will serve as Vice Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.  He’s also been appointed to the Full Appropriations Committee,the Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety and Judiciary, and the Senate Agriculture and Wildlife Committee.  “I’m extremely gratified to have […]

Mize, newly-elected Oklahoma lawmakers sworn in

Representative Garry Mize addresses the House floor for the first time as a legislator.

Mize, newly-elected Oklahoma lawmakers sworn in

Three representatives with constituents in Logan County, along with all the newly-elected members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, took their oath of office in the House chamber at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City.