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Oklahoma disability, child advocates feel void after advisory panels shut down (January 8, 2017)

Citizen Advisory Panel denied renewal after four years working with the state.




Oklahoma lawmakers advance $6.8 billion at midnight (May 24,2017)

After intense discussions over the past few months two Oklahoma State budget bills have emerged.



Oklahoma Legislature considering ACA waiver program (May 24, 2017)

Oklahoma House bill will allow Oklahoma to bypass parts of the ACA through an “innovation waiver”.



Oklahoma House passes extended lateral drilling bill in close vote (May 24, 2017)

Senate passes bill that opens all remaining formations to extended lateral drilling in Oklahoma.



Lawmakers eye $300 million bond for roads as means to close budget gap (April 24, 2017)

Capitol divided over $300 million bond for future road construction.



Budget hearings mark Oklahoma Legislature’s halfway point (March 26, 2017)

As the legislative session approaches the halfway point, agencies allowed to discuss budget cuts so far and provide updates on potential future cuts.



Six issues still on the Oklahoma Legislature’s agenda (March 25, 2017)

With this session reaching the halfway point, these key issues are a work-in-progress.



Early legislative focus in Oklahoma gives reason for hope (February 20, 2017)

State Legislators turn their focus to important issues beginning this year’s session.



Oklahoma oil producers likely to expand budgets in 2017 (February 3, 2017)

Companies to spend more on drilling in Oklahoma this year.



Hoping that Pruitt and other Trump Cabinet nominees are quickly confirmed (January 18, 2017)

Americans wish for a smooth transition as President Trump’s cabinet nominees face the U.S. Senate committee confirmation hearings.



Deadline this week for proposals at Oklahoma Capitol (January 16, 2017)

Lawmakers approach Thursday’s deadline for submitting legislation to be heard this year.



State Senate appropriations chief says lawmakers are optimistic (January 11, 2017)

Legislators look forward to the opportunities afforded come February 6.



Lawmakers file bills covering carrying of guns, vaccination exemptions (January 9, 2017)

Bills on guns, vaccinations and lobbyists filed in anticipation of Feb. 6 return



It’s baptism by fire for Incoming Oklahoma House speaker (January 4, 2017)

Banker and former mayor, Charles McCall, faces challenges out of the gate as new speaker of the Oklahoma House.



Budget concerns mean no time for fluff during Oklahoma’s 2017 legislative session (December 22, 2016)

Finance Secretary Doerflinger says revenue must be addressed as there is no cutting our way out of this.



Jeb Bush pens op-ed backing Trump’s EPA pick (December 20, 2016)

EPA pick, Scott Pruitt, is backed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.



Oklahoma budget hole nearly $900 million (December 20,2016)

Six days after the estimated budget was announced, it is announced there will be a $868 million shortfall.



Fallin predicts $500M-$600M hole in upcoming Oklahoma budget (December 14, 2016)

Fallin expects up to $600 million shortfall but is optimistic increasing oil and gas prices may help alleviate some of the burden.



McCall Names Committee Chairmen, Vice Chairman (December 12, 2016)

Charles McCall names new House committee leaders for the 56th Oklahoma Legislature.



Oil and Gas Execs Warn Oklahoma Leaders Not to Interfere in STACK and SCOOP—-Don’t Screw this up (November 20, 2016)

“If you have a constructive, positive business environment that is drawing capital into the state, be very careful with doing anything that might screw that up.”



AT&T Contributes More Than $1M to Native American Education (November 17, 2016)

AT&T gives back to the local Native American community and others around the country by helping fund education.



Pence Says He Supports Criminal Justice Reform. Does That Matter? (October 5, 2016)

Tim Kaine and Mike Pence both want criminal justice reform, at least in theory.



Terry: Fracking for president (September 9, 2016)

The white house touts a 15% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions but this group wants to give credit where credit is due.