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Wed
21
Feb
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House Back in Session

By Rep. Scooter Park

The state Legislature is back in session, so I’m again splitting my time between the district and the state Capitol.

In addition to the regular legislative session, we are still convening in our second special session working to close the books on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget. If you’ll recall, the governor vetoed the budget we handed her in late November at the adjournment of the first special session. Her action left three state health care agencies with only enough funding to get through April. Because of an extraordinary flu season, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is now struggling just to get through March.

 

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Wed
21
Feb
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From the Desk of Sen. Chris Kidd

The third week of the regular session is underway. We have two more weeks of committee work on bills before we turn our attention to debate before the full Chamber.

This session, I filed nine Senate bills and three have already received committee approval. SB 1364 authorizes the board of county commissioners to trade-in equipment to a vendor or on a statewide contract by acquiring used equipment values pursuant to state statute.

SB 1488 modifies the Wildlife Conservation Code to add a lifetime landowner hunting license for legal residents who have resided in the state for at least six months and intend to remain residents. The price of the new lifetime license for 500 to 1,000 acres would be $50,000 and $75,000 for any tract of land over 1,000 acres. SB 1492 relates to boiler inspectors and requires that deputy inspectors receive a valid National Board Commission within 24 months after appointment rather than 18.

 

Wed
14
Feb
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A Budget Agreement To Put Us Back On Track

By: Congressman Tom Cole

Congress has passed yet another continuing resolution to temporarily fund the government and avert a shutdown. The agreement secures funding to ensure the President’s defense priorities can be met. It also ends a months-long impasse on spending priorities and provides for a path ahead to undo the damaging cuts that have hindered our armed forces and diminished our ability to meet security threats around the globe.

Wed
14
Feb
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Key Criminal Justice Reform Measure Passes Out of House

OKALHOMA CITY – A keypiece of several criminal justice reform measures making their way through the legislative process passed off the House floor today.

House Bill 2281, by state Rep. Terry O’Donnell, would adjust penalties for 21 lowlevel property offenses, including larceny, forgery and other “paper crimes.” The threshold for a felony conviction for those crimes would match the threshold set in House Bill 2751, which passed in 2016.

O’Donnell said the bill would particularly help reduce the state’s female incarceration rate, which is the highest in the nation, and prevent many children from ending up in the foster care system.

 

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Wed
07
Feb
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Letter to the Editor

To The Editor,

On Christmas Day, my ninety year-old husband and I found ourselves with an empty house when the last of our family guests for the holidays had left. My thoughts turned to my elderly, ninety-five year old brother, Leo Walton formally of Walters, who was at his home alone. I informed my husband that we were going to get up and go to my brother’s house and convince him that it would be better to get out than spend the day at his house by himself. We go to his house and told him our plan and off we went to just spend the day taking for an extended drive.

 

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Wed
31
Jan
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Tax Reform is Working for Employees and Businesses

By Congressman Tom Cole

If you are an American taxpayer, you most likely have bills that need to be paid on a schedule, like an electric bill or a car payment. For many taxpayers, paying those bills might just get a little easier this year. The new tax code has already promised bigger paychecks for individuals and families, but the wave of its effects since passage into law is being realized across the nation from the corporate level to the individual taxpayer. In the immediate weeks since the president signed the tax reform bill into law, many companies – big and small - have pledged to give generous bonuses, expand production, provide raises and create more jobs. In fact, according to a recent survey by NPR/PBS NewsHour/ Marist, the new tax code has had a significant rise in popularity in just one month, with many Americans agreeing that it will help them and their families.

Wed
31
Jan
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Insure Yourself Against Super Bowl

Party Mishaps

By John D. Doak

Whether watching for the game or for the commercials, many Oklahomans will enjoy the Super Bowl at a party. If you’re hosting an event this year, there are several insurance implications to consider before the celebration begins.

First, it’s a good idea to review the liability section of your homeowners’ or renters’ insurance policy. It’s important to understand your coverage in case you are sued or deemed liable for an accident involving one of your guests. If you need help understanding your policy, call your insurance agent or insurance company.

 

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Wed
24
Jan
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Shutdowns Never Work

By: Congressman Tom Cole

Wed
17
Jan
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For the Children:Lessons from Winston Churchill

by OICA CEO Joe Dorman 

One of my favorite eras of history to study is the period of World War II. With what Great Britain experienced as a nation, I have become a fan of Winston Churchill. I am fascinated with the role of his leadership during that time and by some of his inspirational quotes. Many of them apply to what we see today in Oklahoma.

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak. It’s also what it takes to sit down and listen.”

Our state legislators have two options: take the opportunity to present ideas which could move our state forward, or choose to let Oklahoma continue down the path of dismal rankings. We have had many Oklahomans speak up with suggestions for fixing our problems. I hope lawmakers will take time to listen to these and other suggestions and move Oklahoma forward with solutions to improve our state.

 

Wed
17
Jan
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EPA Urges Home Radon Tests this January for National Radon Action Month

WASHINGTON (January 11, 2018) — Radon, a naturally occurring radioactive gas that causes cancer, can build up to unsafe levels in any home at any time of year. With many Americans spending more time inside their homes during January, however, there is no better time to make sure our homes are radon-free. That is why EPA starts every new year encouraging Americans to get their homes tested for radon.

“If a high radon level is found, the good news is that this serious environmental risk can be reduced by using simple, proven techniques comparable to the cost of other minor home repair or improvement projects,” said Bill Wehrum, Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation.

 

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