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Incentive Evaluation Commission

The Incentive Evaluation Commission was created by legislation passed in 2015 “to produce objective evaluations of the State of Oklahoma’s wide array of economic incentives.” The Commission is made up of five members appointed by the Governor, Speaker, and President… Read more [More...]

Absentee Voting

In Oklahoma, any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot.  Absentee ballots may be cast either by mail or in-person at their county election board office or other approved locations in the days prior to the election (early voting). It… Read more [More...]

Emergency Rules

Emergency rules are exceptions to the regular permanent administrative rule-making process for state agencies, boards and commissions. As set out by Title 75, Section 253 of Oklahoma Statutes, emergency rules may be promulgated if an agency can establish that the… Read more [More...]

Budget Reconciliation

Budget reconciliation is a special process that makes specific legislation easier to pass in the U.S. Congress. In the Senate, reconciliation bills aren’t subject to filibuster and therefore need only a simple majority of 51 votes to pass. The process… Read more [More...]

Tax Expenditure Report

Under a provision of Oklahoma law passed in 1996, the Oklahoma Tax Commission is tasked with preparing a biannual report that provides the Commission’s “best estimate of the amount of state revenue that would have been collected but for the… Read more [More...]

SQ 802

State Question 802, passed by Oklahoma voters in June 2020, expands eligibility for Medicaid as of July 2021. For more information, see entries for Medicaid Expansion and Medicaid.… Read more [More...]

Term Limits

Oklahoma voters in 1990 approved State Question 632, which limited any member of the Legislature elected after the measure’s effective date to a maximum of 12 years of legislative service. The 12-year term limit applies to service in either legislative… Read more [More...]

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), enacted in 1965 as part of the Johnson Administration’s War on Poverty, was the most ambitious and far-ranging federal education law. Its primary purpose was to ensure full educational opportunity by providing additional… Read more [More...]

What we know about Oklahoma’s 2020 legislative elections

As the June 30th primaries approach, we already know that the 2020 elections will look very different than 2018. Here are five things we know about the upcoming races and their implications within the Oklahoma Legislature. [More...]

Section 1115 Waivers

Section 1115 Medicaid waivers, or 1115 waivers, are waivers from federal Medicaid law intended to give states an avenue to test new approaches in Medicaid that differ from what is required by federal statute.  Section 1115 of the Social Security… Read more [More...]