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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Senate sends constitutional carry bill to governor’s desk

Senate sends constitutional carry bill to governor’s desk

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday sent the constitutional carry bill to the governor’s desk. House Bill 2597, authored in the Senate by Majority Floor Leader Kim David, was approved with a bipartisan vote of 40-6. The bill: Permits Oklahomans age 21 and older to carry a firearm without a permit. Permits veterans, […]

Senate Pro Tem files legislation to prohibit abortion in Oklahoma

Law triggered when Roe v. Wade overturned or U.S. Constitution amended

Senate Pro Tem files legislation to prohibit abortion in Oklahoma

LOKLAHOMA CITY – Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat has filed legislation that would make abortion illegal in Oklahoma when Roe v. Wade is overturned or if the U.S. Constitution is amended. If either condition is met, Senate Bill 195 would immediately prohibit abortion in Oklahoma – providing an exception to protect the life of the […]

Constitutional carry bill carries in Senate committee

Constitutional carry bill carries in Senate committee

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a bill by Majority Floor Leader Kim David that would permit Oklahoman’s to carry firearms without a permit. The committee voted 18-4 for the so-called “constitutional carry” bill and sent the measure on to be considered by the entire Senate. House Bill 2597 by […]

Gov. Stitt announces new commissioner for Oklahoma Tax Commission

Gov. Stitt announces new commissioner for Oklahoma Tax Commission

Oklahoma City – Governor Kevin Stitt announced today the appointment of Charles Prater as the next commissioner to the Oklahoma Tax Commission. “Charles Prater has built a successful career in accounting and finance, and his knowledge and expertise will serve Oklahoma well as we work toward greater transparency and accountability in state government,” said Stitt. […]

Tim Gatz appointed new ODOT Executive Director

Tim Gatz appointed new ODOT Executive Director

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission announced the appointment of Tim Gatz as the new Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation effective April 1, following a unanimous vote at its Monday, Feb. 11 meeting. Gatz currently serves as the Secretary of Transportation and the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, responsibilities he will retain […]

State: Year-to-date collections continue to beat estimate

State: Year-to-date collections continue to beat estimate

OKLAHOMA CITY — General Revenue Fund collections in January were $714.5 million and came in at $58.1 million, or 8.8 percent, above the monthly estimate. This amount is $118.5 million, or 19.9 percent, above collections in January of 2018. Total collections over the first seven months of the fiscal year are $203.7 million, or 5.7 percent, above […]

New report reveals 30,000 teachers have left profession in 6 years

New report reveals 30,000 teachers have left profession in 6 years

OKLAHOMA CITY – Using historical educational and population data, market trends and demand-supply projections, the 2018 Oklahoma Educator Supply & Demand Report indicates that the percentage of Oklahoma educators leaving the profession has increased over the past six years, representing more than 5,000 per year or a total of approximately 30,000. This exodus represents an […]

Oklahoma Department of Labor requests agency audit

Oklahoma Department of Labor requests agency audit

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Department of Labor has requested a turnover audit from the office of the State Auditor.  “Under the new Stitt administration there is an increased call for transparency and effective use of taxpayer dollars”, stated Labor Commissioner Leslie Osborn.  “In that vein we are requesting a financial audit of our agency […]

Constitutional carry bill passes out of committee

Constitutional carry bill passes out of committee

OKLAHOMA CITY – The House Public Safety Committee advanced House Bill 2597 Thursday morning. The bill was presented by Rep. Sean Roberts, R-Hominy, who said the bill promotes constitutional carry for citizens who are not felons, adjudicated with mental illness or have domestic violence convictions. The committee gave a do pass recommendation with a vote […]

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