Oklahoma’s primary is Tuesday | Get out and vote (safely)

On Tuesday, Oklahomans will go to the polls for the statewide primary election, which also includes State Question 802 to expand Medicaid. If you have not already cast an absentee ballot or participated in early voting, polls will be open for in person voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  [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...]

Rebuilding Oklahoma: Policy Recommendations to Respond to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Strengthen Our State for the Long Term

The Oklahoma Policy Institute has evaluated legislative and administrative actions — both state and federal — that will best prepare the state for a long-term recovery that benefits the health and well-being of all Oklahomans. [More...]

Legislature rebuilds barriers to voting immediately after the Supreme Court knocked them down

The Legislature should be serving Oklahomans, not making it harder for them to exercise their fundamental right to vote. The requirements enacted by SB 210 can and should be reversed with alternatives that require less risk to our citizens. Oklahomans deserve better. [More...]

SQ 802: Medicaid Expansion – Information and resources

This page is a resource on the Oklahoma Medicaid expansion ballot initiative (SQ 802). It will be updated to reflect the most recent information available. [More...]

Unity Bill hits a high note with legislators and advocates

Governor Stitt signed the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana and Patient Protection Act - also called the "Unity Bill" on March 14th. This legislation is the result of months of work by the bipartisan medical marijuana working group, and it passed easily through both the House and the Senate. [More...]

Oklahoma’s 2018 elections were different in many ways

Looking at the headlines, the results of the November elections might give the impression that nothing much has changed in Oklahoma. Led by Governor-elect Kevin Stitt, Republicans swept all eight statewide offices for a third consecutive election, with all candidates… Read more [More...]

Education and health care frustration pushes against political gravity in tomorrow’s elections (Capitol Update)

Steve Lewis served as Speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1989-1991. He currently practices law in Tulsa and represents clients at the Capitol. Finally. It’s election week. This is one of those few elections in recent years in Oklahoma when… Read more [More...]

Stand against fear. Make an informed vote.

Events of the last week have shaken all of us at Oklahoma Policy Institute, as they have many Oklahomans. Terrible violence based on hatred of another person’s race, religion, or ethnicity has existed throughout our country’s history, but so have… Read more [More...]

SQ 793 is about corporate control of a medical profession (Guest Post: Joel Robison)

Of the five state questions on the ballot in November, only SQ 793, which would allow optometrists and opticians to operate in retail establishments, is the subject of intense, well-funded campaigns from both supporters and opponents. We asked both campaigns… Read more [More...]