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Oklahoma state Sen. Kay Floyd garners national “excellence award”

State Senator Kay Floyd.  Photo provided.

Staff Report The National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL) recently named Sen. Kay Floyd, D-Oklahoma City, as a 2016 Elected Women of Excellence Award winner. The award was established in 2013 as part of NFWL’s 75th Anniversary Celebration in order to honor the hard work and dedication of women leaders from across the country. “Receiving […]

Big Wind’s Big Loss: As Vermont goes, so goes Oklahoma?

Outgoing Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, speaks on the floor of the state Senate at the Capitol in Oklahoma City.  Photo provided.

Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Departing state Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa, wants state government to eliminate the Zero Emission Facility Tax Credit sooner (in 2017) rather than later. In recent testimony before the Incentive Evaluation Commission, Mazzei pointed out that in 2010, the credit reduced tax coffers $3.7 million – […]

BREAKING NEWS; categories: Legal policy, government reform, budget and taxes, other state news, ballot questions

On election night, Doug Dodson and state Rep. George Young were happy with early election results favoring criminal justice reform. Dodson was campaign manger of Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform; Young is a Democrat from Oklahoma City. Photograph by Patrick B. McGuigan

Oklahomans approve criminal justice reforms: State Questions 780 and 781 Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved State Questions 780 and 781, marking a major turning point for reforming Oklahoma’s criminal justice system and investing in strengthening public safety and Oklahoma’s communities. Advocates say the two state questions will set Oklahoma on a […]

In study from Americans for Prosperity, Analyst takes critical view of State Question 779

Oklahoma State Capitol.  File Photo

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – With Election Day 2016 only a week away, and early voting beginning on Thursday (November 3), thousands of Oklahomans are still searching for the answers to the numerous state questions that will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot. One of these questions is State Question 779, which would put a […]

ANALYSIS – Oklahoma’s largest newspaper recommends “NO” vote on State Question 776

The Oklahoman newspaper has encouraged voters to say “no” to a controversial proposal to enshrine capital punishment within the state constitution..  File photo

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – In the lead editorial for Sunday (October 30), Oklahoma’s largest newspaper has encouraged voters to say “no” to a controversial proposal to enshrine capital punishment within the state constitution. Editorial writers for The Oklahoman asserted State Question 776 would “add provisions to the [state] constitution without any obvious […]

Senate Study finds uncompensated care fund crucial for Oklahomans’ health

Sen. Kevin Matthews (D-Tulsa), speaking, discussed the Uncompensated Care Fund (UCF) with the Health & Human Services committee Tuesday (October 11). State Sen. Rob Standridge, R-Norman, is seated at right. Legislative Staff Photos

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Members of the Senate Health and Human Services met Tuesday (October 11) to hear from healthcare organizations about the importance of the health center uncompensated care fund (UCF) to the health and well-being of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma Department of Health stopped distributing payments to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) for […]

Rep. Donnie Condit to serve on state Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee

State Rep. Donnie Condit.  Photo provided.

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – A Pittsburg County legislator was appointed recently to a panel that will monitor expenditures incurred during the multi-year restoration of the State Capitol in Oklahoma City. Rep. Donnie Condit, D-McAlester, was appointed by House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview, to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. The Legislature has authorized […]

Debate kicks off campaign for Oklahoma County Sheriff

The Oklahoma County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association recently hosted the “Oklahoma County Sheriff Debate" between incumbent Sheriff John Whetsel (left) and State Rep. Mike Christian (right).  The event was moderated by OCCDLA President, Billy Coyle (center).  Photo by Fred Mendoza

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter During a recent debate, incumbent Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel, a Democrat who has held the job since since 1997, absorbed a variety of rhetorical shots from state Rep. Mike Christian, a south Oklahoma City Republican who wants to win the job on November 8. Christian went on the […]

Advocates of initiative measures for process reform and medical marijuana may fall short

Oklahoma State Capitol.  File Photo

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Advocates for two initiatives – one seeking to change state law to reduce the number of valid signatures needed for ballot status, the other touching on legalization of medical marijuana – appear to have fallen short in their signature-gathering efforts, although the final word on one of the measures is […]

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform host town hall meetings regarding state questions

Former Gov. Brad Henry (left) and Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform Chair Kris Steele (right of Gov. Henry) with attendees of the OCRJ Ada Town Hall meeting held to educate voters about State Questions 780 and 781.   OCRJ Facebook Photo.

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter Proponents of State Questions 780 and 781, Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, have scheduled a series of town hall meetings throughout the state during August. Their goal is to inform voters about the two initiatives appearing on the November 8 election ballot. Led by former House Speaker Kris Steele, […]

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