State Government

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…



Murphey Receives a 100% Conservative Rating

State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) has received a rating of 100% from Oklahoma’s longest running conservative publication for his work during the 2011 legislative session.


Staying Focused

Earlier this year, I wrote about my decision to help bring attention to the need for a federal balanced budget amendment. I enjoyed the opportunity…



All Bills Should Receive a Vote‏

This year, Representative Charles Key presented the Oklahoma House of Representatives with a proposed rule change to require that all bills must receive a hearing…





State Officials Making a Difference‏

During the past three weeks I have used this medium to describe the role Oklahoma’s newly elected officials have played in working toward smaller state…



Modernizing the State Treasurer’s Office

This year I enjoyed the opportunity to work with several of Oklahoma’s  new statewide elected officials in their efforts to modernize state  government. I served…


A Refreshing Change of Pace

In past updates I have described how Governor Mary Fallin has played an important role in calling for and ensuring the passage of innovative proposals…


The Year of the Reprimand

June 20, 2011 The Oklahoma Constitution contains a clause that says that for any speech or debate in the egislature, legislators shall not be questioned…