Key terms to understand Oklahoma politics and government.
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 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