#Oklahoma Legislature

Tahlequah Daily Press

POLITICAL ROUNDUP: Culver, Pembertson want politics out of health care

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...
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Oklahoma Daily

Joseph Harroz inaugurated as 15th university president in Lloyd Noble Center ceremony

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.
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Oklahoma legislative redistricting maps to be redrawn based on most recent census data

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.

Oklahoma Governor Announces Audit of Department of Education

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.
Ponca City News

State hires consultants to help allocate $3.2B in COVID stimulus funds for Oklahoma

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.
Journal Record

Hamilton: State attempting to restart highly flawed execution process

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...

Rep. Chad Caldwell Comments on Education Audit

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...

Rep. Sean Roberts Comments on Potential OSDE Audit

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:

2020 rolls around with no breakthroughs on Oklahoma gaming compact dispute

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...