Friction between elected officials rises to public view (Capitol Update)

It seems there’s a bit of early friction this year between the House, Senate, and the governor. Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat complained openly about House actions, apparently holding certain bills hostage for leverage in later negotiations. The House… Read more [More...]

How HB 1888 came back from the dead this session (Capitol Update)

No idea introduced into the legislative process is ever truly dead until the legislature has adjourned Sine Die. Living proof exists this year in House Bill 1888 by Rep. Danny Williams, R-Seminole, and Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant. HB 1888 says… Read more [More...]

SQ 640 continues limiting lawmakers, needs to be revisited (Capitol Update)

House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, has introduced a plan to lower and eventually eliminate the state corporate income tax and to lower the state personal income tax rate. Acknowledging the difficulty of raising taxes in the future because of State… Read more [More...]

Fixing Oklahoma’s court fines and fees problem (Capitol Update)

Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville, has spent considerable time working to make the collection of court fines and fees both more efficient and less destructive to the lives of people who are legitimately unable to pay. She held an interim study… Read more [More...]

House Speaker unveils tax cut proposals (Capitol Update) 

House Speaker Charles McCall announced last week his intention to work on legislation to reduce the personal income tax and to eliminate the corporate income tax over five years. Last Tuesday, McCall removed his House Bill 2041 from the Rules… Read more [More...]

SB 704 would be step towards reducing Oklahoma’s incarceration rate (Capitol Update)

Sen. Dave Rader, R-Tulsa, introduced Senate Bill 704 that will eliminate piling on more prison time for sentences in most non-violent felony cases when the defendant has a previous conviction. The law already provides a range of punishment for criminal… Read more [More...]

Lawsuit challenges OHCA’s managed care proposal (Capitol Update)

For the past several months, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority has been in a race against the calendar to get contracts signed with private insurance companies to manage the state’s $2 billion Medicaid program before the Legislature was to go into session on Feb. 1. [More...]

Proposed bills again seek to undo will of the voters (Capitol Update)

From the beginning of statehood, Article 5, Section 1 of the Oklahoma Constitution has provided that, “The Legislative authority of the State shall be vested in a Legislature, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives; but the people… Read more [More...]

OK Policy’s Response to 2021 State of the State Address

In pointing Oklahomans towards his vision of Oklahoma as a Top 10 state, Gov. Stitt during his State of the State address shared a quote he attributed to Will Rogers: “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” However,… Read more [More...]

Confrontations between governor, legislature may continue over managed care proposal (Capitol Update)

Updated to reflect the OHCA board voted 6-3 to move forward with the managed care contracts. —  We have grown accustomed to confrontational government at the federal level. But the degree to which confrontation between the executive and the legislative… Read more [More...]