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Governor Fallin signs criminal justice reforms, Former Speaker Steele applauds new laws, adding “there is more to do”

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Thursday (April 27) signed seven new laws that a press release from her office says will “reduce the flow of nonviolent offenders into prison; establish a more efficient and streamlined parole process; and facilitate successful reentry that reduces recidivism.” Former Speaker of the House Kris […]

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin issues statement at end of nine-day teacher’s strike

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Thursday evening (April 12) issued a statement on the announced end of the nine-day public school teacher walkout. In comments sent to The City Sentinel and other news organizations, the state’s chief executive said: “Oklahomans and our elected officials have proven they are committed to school […]

Fallin signs tax hikes, senate passes further boosts

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Last week at the state Capitol began with passage on a major tax increase, perhaps the largest in state history. It ended with state Senate approval of further education-designated revenue increases. Governor Mary Fallin (on Wednesday, April 3) signed the $2.9 billion appropriation bill for common education for the upcoming […]

Gov. Fallin, legislative leaders and district attorneys promise advance for criminal justice reform

Staff Report Governor Mary Fallin, joined by legislators, district attorneys and business leaders, announced early this month an agreement has been reached that will allow six criminal justice reform measures to advance in this year’s legislative session, as well as develop a coordinating council to oversee future criminal justice reform efforts. “These reforms are targeted […]

Capitol Report for January 27: Fallin’s Finale, Tax Foundation’s critical analysis of “Step Up” Plan, Humphreys rejoins John Rex school board

In this week’s Capitol Report segment on News9, Patrick B. McGuigan, in discussion with reporter Alex Cameron, looked ahead to “Fallin’s Finale” – Governor Marry Fallin’s last State of the State address scheduled for Monday, February 5. McGuigan predicted Fallin will reach out to her conservative base in the Legislature, many of them disenchanted with […]

Fallin and McCall joust over provider rate cuts and her veto, as spending scrutiny intensifies

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Speaker of the House Charles McCall, R-Atoka, has chided Governor Mary Fallin in wake of last week’s Medicaid provider cuts, saying her veto of a budget plan that emerged in the fall special session was responsible for the crunch. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority announcement of the provider […]

Fallin applauds after Senate passes measure to address ‘our $215 million budget hole,’ calls on House to follow

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin on Monday (November 6) issued the following statement after the state Senate in a bipartisan vote, 37-5, passed House Bill 1035X: “I want to applaud the Republican and Democratic members of the state Senate for passing this measure. We have been in special session six weeks now. […]

Commentary: Scott Biggs and the ‘four-corners’ stalling tactic on criminal justice reform

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Once upon a time in Oklahoma, elected representatives of the people enacted  the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a package of laws designed to shift some criminal justice provisions from unnecessarily punitive strictures toward proven methods that have led to lower costs, less crime and more compassionate responses to the […]

Republican responses to tobacco fee spike illustrate party divisions

Staff Report From Oklahoma conservatives at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City – all around the Sooner State, in fact – first-wave responses to last week’s widely anticipated state Supreme Court decision axing a tobacco tax levy were all over the proverbial map. While the state’s chief executive and her legislative allies expressed disappointment in […]

Manic Monday: As cigarette tax boost falls short in Oklahoma House, Senate plan would enact $510 million in tax hikes

Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives fell a few votes short of approving a cigarette tax increase on Monday (May 15). Meanwhile, the Senate passed, on a 36-9 vote, increases and changes in law aiming to increase government revenues a total of $516 million. Advocates say the cigarette tax hike, […]

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