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Key terms to understand Oklahoma politics and government.

Oklahoma levies excise taxes on gasoline at 17 cents per gallon and diesel at 14 cents; with passage of HB 1010xx in 2018, both gas and diesel will be taxed at 20 cents per gallon as of June 27, 2018.… Read more
Oklahoma’s motor vehicle taxes are a combination of an excise (sales) tax on the purchase of a vehicle and an annual registration fee in lieu of ad valorem (property) taxes. Until 2017, motor vehicles were fully exempt from the sales… Read more
The Court of Civil Appeals is one of Oklahoma’s three appellate courts, along with the Supreme Court and Court of Criminal Appeals. An appellate court hears appeals from lower court decisions. The Court of Civil Appeals is the court that… Read more
The Court of Criminal Appeals is one of Oklahoma’s three appellate courts, along with the Supreme Court and Court of Civil Appeals. An appellate court hears appeals from lower court decisions. The Court of Criminal Appeals is the only appellate… Read more
The Department of Human Services (DHS) is a state agency that administers a range of programs aimed at helping Oklahomans in need, including food benefits (SNAP); temporary cash assistance (TANF); services for persons with developmental disabilities and persons who are… Read more
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority is a state government agency responsible for administering the state’s Medicaid program. OHCA’s mission is to “responsibly purchase state and federally-funded health care in the most efficient and comprehensive manner possible; to analyze and recommend… Read more
The Judicial Nominating Commission is a body of the Judicial Department tasked with selecting appellate judicial nominees for gubernatorial appointment. The Judicial Nominating Commission was created in 1967 following the bribery scandals of the Oklahoma Supreme Court during the 1960s.… Read more
The Supreme Court is one of Oklahoma’s three appellate courts, along with the Court of Civil Appeals and Court of Criminal Appeals. An appellate court hears appeals from lower court decisions. The Oklahoma Supreme Court was established under Article VII… Read more
The Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program (OHLAP), also known as Oklahoma’s Promise, is an early commitment financial aid program that covers tuition and other college costs for certain Oklahoma students. Oklahoma’s Promise is open to students attending public or private… Read more
Oklahoma’s Open Meetings Act (25 O.S. Sections 301-314) requires all public bodies to file advance notice of regularly scheduled and special meetings with the Secretary of State, as well as advance notice of changes in date, time, or location of regularly… Read more