With the recent news coverage of the government’s inappropriate use of the IRS, citizens have paid special attention to practices within various federal agencies.
Before this year’s legislative session, pundits opined about the divided Republican caucus in the House. The 2012 session had not been an easy one and those pundits enjoyed pointing to the allegedly fractured group of Republican Representatives and perhaps predicting ensuing chaos. Those predictions did not come true in part due to extremely effective leadership […]
As the legislative session came to a close last week, it was my job to filter incoming bills. Lobbyists are notorious for putting dramatic last minute proposals into bills in the final days of session. They hope their changes will go unnoticed and may write the new law so that it is difficult to understand. They […]
All indications point to this being the last week of this year’s legislative session. The Legislature will go home a week early. This is good news for Oklahomans as not only will there be cost savings but all Oklahomans should breathe a sigh of relief when the Legislature stops making new laws a week ahead […]
Before I print my update for this week, I have attached a press release from the Governor’s office regarding her government consolidation measures which I authored in the House on her behalf and which were signed into law on Friday. It has been an honor to advance these proposals this year and I shall endeavor […]
On Thursday, the Governor and legislative leaders announced an agreement for the composition of the state’s next budget. Capitol insiders as hard pressed to recall a time when these groups reached a budget agreement this early in the year.
Frequent readers of these articles will recall the series of updates I have written about the significant progress the state is making in regards to paving roads and building bridges.
This is a big week in the Legislature. It is a key deadline week. By this Thursday another set of proposals will fail to advance past the deadline and will become dormant for this year.
In 2006 the state legislature passed a law creating the County Improvements for Roads and Bridges (CIRB) program. The purpose for the program was to help counties in constructing or reconstructing high priority roads or bridges on the County Highway System.
This past week, I witnessed one of the most significant county road funding policy success since taking office as State Representative.
You may have seen recent news reports detailing how Britain’s national debt now equals 90% of its entire economy. The Daily Mail published a graph showing the acceleration of the UK’s debt since 1992. I noted that although on a larger scale, the UK debt accelerated at a significantly slower rate than Oklahoma’s state debt […]
WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) made the following statement after meeting with Customs and Border Patrol officials in Brownsville, Texas and touring the U.S.-Mexico border on Monday.
United States Senator Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, was in Guthrie Wednesday morning for his third and final day of scheduled town hall meetings in Oklahoma for the first week of April.
Oklahoma legislators have become rather accustomed to receiving emails and calls from those who are intensely worried about ongoing federal overreach. Many of these contacts are from those who want state officials to do whatever is possible to stop the federal government’s attempted expansion into the healthcare venue. Based on this input, I know it […]
Consider the following statement one might hear if they stay around the capitol very long: “If there is one consistent thing about that legislator, it is that he is consistently inconsistent!”
U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, held a town hall meeting in Guthrie Monday morning.
Oklahoma’s modernization reform efforts have drawn national attention following the publication of a cover story about the consolidation of Oklahoma’s information technology infrastructure in the just released winter edition of Public CIO magazine. The story describes the cooperation between Oklahoma’s legislative and executive branch officials to put into effect the state’s plan to breakdown interagency […]
In 2010, the state electorate gave a vote of confidence to a new wave of state-level office holders. Nearly all of these candidates ran on a conservative platform of small government. I have closely observed the performance of these new office holders. Would they follow through on their conservative promises or would they become co-opted […]
State Rep. Jason Murphey today announced his mid-March tradition of a yearly donation of $8,241.92 from his legislative salary to the Guthrie-based Crossroads Clinic. Oklahoma legislators are some of the highest paid part-time legislators in the nation, making more than double the regional average. Murphey uses the donation to demonstrate that legislators in Oklahoma should not […]
Oklahoma residents are set to benefit from a package of modernization initiatives designed to cut the cost of state government, add transparency to government activities and provide convenience to those forced to interact with state government.