“The ink is barely even dry on the votes that Oklahomans cast in November. I think it would be indefensible for the Legislature to usurp the voters and go against the work that Oklahomans have done.”

– Former state House Speaker Kris Steele, executive director of The Education and Employment Ministry, on legislation filed to significantly alter language in SQs 780 and 781, which reclassified some drug crimes and reinvested savings from doing so in prevention and were approved by Oklahoma voters in November (Source). OK Policy supported both measures. 


Carly Putnam joined OK Policy in 2013. As Policy Director, she supervises policy research and strategy. She previously worked as an OK Policy intern, and she was OK Policy's health care policy analyst through July 2020. She graduated from the University of Tulsa in 2013. As a student, she was a participant in the National Education for Women (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute and interned with Planned Parenthood. Carly is a graduate of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Nonprofit Management Certification; the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council’s Partners in Policymaking; The Mine, a social entrepreneurship fellowship in Tulsa; and Leadership Tulsa Class 62. She currently serves on the boards of Restore Hope Ministries and The Arc of Oklahoma. In her free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, and doing battle with her hundred year-old house.

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