State Government




What is Next?

In my last update I described the conclusion of this year’s interim study process that occurred one week ago on Thursday. I wrote about the…


A rewarding day

I consider last Thursday to have been the most exciting and rewarding days that I have experienced as a legislator.




186 State laws take effect November 1st

New Oklahoma laws – 186 total – took effect today (November 1, 2011), ranging from sweeping civil lawsuits to restrictions on abortion, reducing the state’s…



This year’s modernization interim studies‏

The Government Modernization Committee will conduct a series of interim studies next month.These studies are designed to bring attention to the implementation of past modernization…




More About the 2011 Modernization Reforms

I wanted to write just one more article describing some of the reform in this year’s successful Government Modernization legislation. These reforms put into place…


Consolidating State Agencies‏

Last week I wrote about the large number of modernization initiatives that were approved this year by members of the Government Modernization Committee, the Legislature…


23 Modernization Initiatives Going Into Law

This year was by far the most successful year for legislative state government modernization reform proposals. In all, 23 significant government modernization initiatives have been…


Too Many Tuition Increases‏

Later this month, State Representatives Corey Holland, Leslie Osborn and I, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs (OCPA), will conduct a study…



Cutting Logan County Taxes‏

It is my belief thatLogan County’s high sales tax rate has been a deterrent to retail-based economic growth. In 2005, the county made the unfortunate…


DPS shows decrease in traffic fatalities

Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease in traffic fatalities for the month of July 2011.  Fatalities were down by eighteen in July with…