Tahlequah Daily Press
In response to Gov. Kevin Stitt's removing the only two physicians from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, State Rep. Monroe Nichols, D-Tulsa, announced legislation he'll file next session to remove some of the governor's oversight authority. The two board members - Dr. Jean Hausheer and Dr. Laura Shamblin - claimed...
OU President Joseph Harroz was officially inaugurated as the university's 15th president this morning in the Lloyd Noble Center. Senior Vice President and Provost André-Denis Wright, Vice Provost of the Health Sciences Center Administration Jill Raines, and OU-Tulsa's interim president James Sluss served as the inauguration chief marshals. Gov. Kevin Stitt and Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) are also present at the ceremony, alongside the deans of OU's colleges.
A federal official says Oklahoma is "not permitted" to carry out a new law that requires individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities to live in the state for five years before they can apply for certain state-funded services through Medicaid. In a letter sent Thursday, a Centers for Medicare and...
Five year residency requirement for Oklahoma developmental disabilities services unconstitutional, federal agency says
The Oklahoma Department of Human Services said it plans to drop a five-year residency requirement for people seeking to sign up for intellectual or developmental disability waiver services after a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated the requirement was unconstitutional. House Bill 2899, was passed...
Thursday afternoon, Gov. Kevin Stitt formally asked the State Auditor & Inspector’s Office to complete an audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Education and “all related entities.”. The resulting audit — which will take months, if not a year or more — could become the most comprehensive external review...
Oklahoma lawmakers will go back to the drawing table to craft new legislative redistricting maps based on the most recent census data. Although legislators and Gov. Kevin Stitt approved House and Senate redistricting maps in the spring, U.S. Census Bureau data released in August shows some of the districts that were drawn based on population estimates have either too many or too few residents.
First Americans Museum is a different kind of museum, says curatorial specialist Leslie Halfmoon. "Generally, people have a collection of objects, and then they go from there to tell the stories," she explains. "We did not have a collection, any objects, but we were like, 'we have a lot of stories.'"
Oklahoma City, OK (STL.News) Governor Kevin Stitt announced he has submitted a request to the Oklahoma Auditor and Inspector’s Office for an audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) following evidence of misuse of funds found in the audit of EPIC Charter Schools. Specifically, the request demands identification of all revenue sources flowing into OSDE through federal funds, state appropriations, taxes and fees, and to determine whether OSDE and Oklahoma school districts are complying with financial transaction reporting requirements. The first full audit of the OSDE in the agency’s history comes as over $3 billion will be invested in education in FY2022, the largest amount ever in Oklahoma history.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma House Democrats are pushing back against Gov. Kevin Stitt, saying he abused his power when he removed the only two medical doctors from the board that oversees our state's Medicaid system. The governor has refused so far to answer questions why, and there is now an...
Ponca City News
Body Sep. 15—State leaders have enlisted the help of two consulting firms to assist with doling out $3.2 billion in federal pandemic aid coming to Oklahoma. The local and national consulting firms will help state lawmakers and Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office solicit proposals for the stimulus funds designed to help Oklahoma recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, vet and rank the projects and ensure spending follows federal rules.
Although oft-agonizing and painful, Oklahoma’s collective conversation about Julius Jones’ fate is important and valuable. The state has a long and increasingly complicated history with capital punishment, all-too-often disproportionately assessed against people of color and of meager means. It also has demonstrated an appalling ineptitude when it comes to carrying...
The office of Gov. Kevin Stitt Tuesday again declined to answer the question of why the governor removed the only two physicians from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board earlier this month. The latest refusal to provide clarity on Stitt's motive for removing Drs. Jean Hausheer and Laura Shamblin from...
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Chad Caldwell, R-Enid, today issued the following statement after the governor and the state auditor announced an investigative audit of the Oklahoma Cost Accounting System (OCAS) at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE). Caldwell and 21 other lawmakers requested the audit last November after a...
State Representative Sean Roberts, a Republican from Hominy, commented on Governor Kevin Stitt’s request for an audit of the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This would be the first-ever audit of OSDE, and would focus on the state agency's financial oversight of public schools. In a statement, Rep. Roberts said:
As the clock struck midnight on 31 December, there was no sign of a settlement in the ongoing dispute between Oklahoma’s governor Kevin Stitt and tribal operators over whether the Sooner State’s gaming compacts include an evergreen clause. Edward Lowton discusses the issue. The saga of Oklahoma’s gaming compacts dragged...
Oklahoma counties have yet to see the fruits of two state questions approved in 2016 that would reclassify some crimes and expand mental health treatment access.