Good info (The Oklahoman)

By The Oklahoman Editorial Board

For those who want to understand how Oklahoma’s legislative process works, the Oklahoma Policy Institute has released its latest Oklahoma Legislative Primer. The primer ( gives information on the composition of the Legislature and executive branch, the legislative calendar, how a bill becomes a law, the state budget process, and more. OK Policy has also created “What’s That?”, an online glossary of terms related to Oklahoma politics and government. If you ever wondered what lawmakers are referring to when they discuss “striking title,” or the meaning of similar arcane terms, the “What’s That?” site can tell you. Public scrutiny is key to the production of good policy at the Oklahoma Capitol, but too often such scrutiny is made difficult due to the complexities of the process. Because OK Policy’s primer helps citizens overcome those obstacles, it provides a public service for all Oklahomans.


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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