A bipartisan group of female legislators spent an entire legislative day this week being “shadowed” by women entrepreneurs and girls from ASTEC Charter High School. Sen. Connie Johnson, an Oklahoma City Democrat, said the girls were “learning the ‘who, what and how’ of public policy. When women are involved there is a broader picture in making public policy.” The legislators and the businesswomen agreed to serve as mentors for the girls.
Bipartisan women legislators host entrepreneurs, students
Sally Kern discusses budget crunch and “core functions” of government
In an interview at her office in the state Capitol this month, state Rep. Sally Kern reflected on Oklahoma’s ongoing budget and revenue crunch which has dominated most media interviews throughout this legislative session: “I think we’re doing as well as can be expected. Personally, I have believed we should have been more frugal during the past four years.”
McAffrey co-authors health insurance measure
MidTown Oklahoma City State Rep. Al McAffrey expressed disappointment when his bill to require the state government’s health insurance provider to provide coverage of bariatric surgery didn’t get a hearing in committee. However, he said he will support a Republican-authored bill that will achieve his goal.
Coffee reflects on a challenging week, looks ahead
Early in last week’s scheduled encounter with the Capitol press corps, Sen. Coffee quipped, “Well, it’s four weeks down and 13 to go -- not that anyone is counting.”
In prepared remarks and in exchanges with participating news organizations, including CapitolBeatOK, on Feb. 25, the Oklahoma City Republican dealt with the full range of proposed legislation still alive at the Legislature.
Bill to address mortgage vultures that prey on citizens with money woes
A bill authored by Rep. Anastasia Pittman, D-Oklahoma City, targets scam artists who victimize homeowners seeking to refinance their homes.
Often, the targeted homeowners are in foreclosure or near to it, after variable rate mortgage payments rocket past their ability to pay.