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Voting Registration Deadline The deadline to register to vote for the upcoming state special election is quickly approaching. This election will decide State Question 820. This Friday, Feb. 10th is the last day you can register to vote ahead of the March 7th State Special Election. Voters will decide State Question 820 concerning the legalization o…
 
TSET investment in rural medicine One of Oklahoma’s public health agencies will invest $4.5 million in the state’s rural health care. The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, otherwise known as TSET, announced a major investment in continuing education and mentorship for Oklahoma’s rural health providers on Thursday. TSET is a state agency that over…
 
Although the 2023 session is already underway, work begins in earnest on Monday with a joint session of the House and Senate for the governor's State of the State address. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association, physician members who devote more than 11 years of higher education and 10,000 clinical hours in s…
 
Marijuana Bills Voters will head to the polls next month to give a thumbs up or down to recreational marijuana in Oklahoma. But before that lawmakers will discuss an array of bills related to the cannabis industry. Last year, lawmakers reigned in the number of Oklahoma’s marijuana business licenses, and pushed through funding to bolster law enforce…
 
Governor Stitt Opposes Rule Under Clean Water Act Oklahoma’s Kevin Stitt is among 25 Republican state governors who signed a letter to President Joe Biden opposing a new rule defining the scope of the Clean Water Act. The Clean Water Act gives the Environmental Protection Agency authority to regulate pollution in what it calls “the waters of the Un…
 
Oklahoma public utilities respond to winter weather Oklahoma City street crews are working around the clock to keep roads in good condition during this wintry weather. The city has about 100 people working to treat the roads. Drivers are advised to keep a safe distance from plows and salt trucks and be prepared with a plan in case they get in their…
 
Multiple rounds of winter weather expected this week This week Oklahomans are preparing for more winter weather. Meteorologist Ryan Bunker with the National Weather Service in Norman says a mix of precipitation will be possible through early Thursday "This is going to be mainly freezing rain and sleet with this event. Northern Oklahoma may experien…
 
Attorney General Gentner Drummond(Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General) Two of Oklahoma's newest statewide elected officials have signaled their intentions for the start of their terms, and change is in the air. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association, committed to fostering health care in rural Oklahoma th…
 
Education Budget Newly elected State Superintendent Ryan Walters stumped legislators earlier this week when he said he planned to change the already-approved education budget proposal. Walters’ first state school board meeting as superintendent Thursday began with familiar refrains. "We will ensure that indoctrination and CRT are eliminated in our …
 
Sports Betting Oklahoma lawmakers are set to take up a new bill to legalize sports betting. Matt Morgan chairs the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association. He says the state’s tribes all have varied levels of interest in sports betting. "But because of the uniqueness of their operations and their markets and you know how those proposals are set forth, t…
 
New Execution Dates A ruling from the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has pushed back the state’s next seven execution dates Attorney General Gentner Drummond’s request to increase the time between the next seven scheduled executions to allow Department of Corrections personnel more time to prepare and train has been granted by the Oklahoma Cour…
 
State Park Bills A state senator has filed multiple pieces of legislation related to Oklahoma’s State Parks. Republican Sen. George Burns filed Senate Bill 673 which addresses entrance fees to state parks. The bill states that entrance fees could only be charged for travel trailers and recreational vehicles and could not exceed $8. Burns says reduc…
 
Winter Weather Expected Tuesday Morning A cold front is making its way across Oklahoma Tuesday and could lead to dangerous travel conditions. The National Weather Service issued a winter weather advisory in effect until Wednesday morning. The agency is expecting wet snow and total accumulations of 1 to 4 inches in parts of Oklahoma. Meteorologists …
 
(Serge Melki / Flickr.com) Now, the fun starts. Thursday was the bill filing deadline for the 2023 Oklahoma legislative session, and a late push saw lawmakers break the 3,000 mark. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association, physician members who are committed to better health for all Oklahomans. Learn more at ok…
 
Court rules Kickapoo Reservation was disestablished The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals says the historic Kickapoo Reservation was disestablished. According to the Associated Press, the court’s decision involves the case of a Seminole citizens challenging his state conviction on four counts of lewd acts with a child. The ruling agrees with a low…
 
The Oklahoma Senate unveils legislative plan for education; includes teacher raises, charter school board revamp In a Wednesday press conference, Republican Sen. Adam Pugh — who also chairs the Education Committee — unveiled his plan for education reform during the upcoming legislative session. The 14 proposals focus on a variety of areas: attracti…
 
Gov. Stitt creates Task Force to address workforce challenges Gov. Kevin Stitt has created a Task Force to address state workforce challenges. Stitt signed an executive order Tuesday to form the Workforce Transformation Task Force. The group will make recommendations on how the state can consolidate its workforce development practices in order to h…
 
OTA lawsuits update Last month, the OTA was found in violation of the state’s Open Meeting Act because of vague wording in its meeting agendas that authorized contracts for the controversial ACCESS Oklahoma project. Now, the fallout from that lawsuit has led to the agency getting sued — again. The new lawsuit claims the OTA didn’t properly remedy i…
 
Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice M. John Kane, IV, left, administers the oath of office to Gov. Kevin Stitt, right, during inauguration ceremonies Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Oklahoma City.(Sue Ogrocki / AP) Inauguration Day has come and gone and now Governor Kevin Stitt, the Oklahoma legislature and new State Superintendent Ryan Walters begin wor…
 
Arkansas River dam Two Oklahoma cities and a tribal government have officially agreed to create a lake in the Arkansas River. The mayors of Tulsa and Jenks joined Muscogee Principal Chief David Hill on Thursday in a formal agreement to build a dam in the Arkansas River. The dam will create a lake in the river from 101st to 71st streets in Tulsa. Th…
 
Oklahoma carries out first execution of 2023 Oklahoma has executed its first death row inmate this year. Scott Eizember was pronounced dead by lethal injection at 10:15 a.m. Thursday morning. He is the eighth death row inmate to be killed since the state resumed capital punishment in October 2021 after a six-year moratorium. Eizember was convicted …
 
Trans Health Bills Lawmakers have already filed two bills that aim to criminalize gender-affirming care in Oklahoma. Before bill filing started, Representative Jim Olsen pledged to file legislation banning the care for anyone under 21. House Bill 1011 would do just that, and like the state’s abortion ban, it threatens providers who perform the proc…
 
Ukrainians to start training on Patriot Missile System at Fort Sill At the end of last year, the US announced it would send a patriot missile defense system to Ukraine for the first time, to aid in its war against Russia. 100 Ukrainian soldiers are being trained to operate the system at Fort Sill. The Patriot Missile Defense System was first deploy…
 
2022 Gross Receipts Overview Oklahoma’s economy reached new heights in 2022. State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced Oklahoma had record-high gross receipts during 2022. 12-month gross receipts set a new all-time high of $17.4 billion dollars. That means revenues from taxes grew by almost 15 percent, indicating a booming economy. The state’s top f…
 
(Cool Kats Photography / Flickr) With Inauguration Day coming Monday, major story lines are shaping up for the 2023 Oklahoma Legislative Session. TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Capitol Insider - taking you inside politics, policy and government in Oklahoma. I'm Dick Pryor with Quorum Call publisher Shawn Ashley. Shawn, the new legislative session i…
 
(KGOU - Dick Pryor) KGOU's Dick Pryor and QuorumCall's Shawn Ashley continue their countdown of the top ten Oklahoma stories of 2022. Which story will be number 1? TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Capitol Insider, and I'm Dick Pryor with QuorumCall publisher Shawn Ashley. Today, we're going to take you inside politics, policy and government in Oklaho…
 
(James Johnson/ Wikimedia Commons) Dick Pryor and Shawn Ashley look back at the top stories of the year in Oklahoma politics, policy and government to close out 2022. In this week's segment, they unveil stories ten through six. TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Capitol Insider - taking you inside politics, policy and government as we close out 2022 wi…
 
(russavia / Creative Commons) Oklahoma legislators have a month to go before the bill filing deadline, and already some are generating discussion and headlines. TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Capitol Insider - taking you inside politics, policy and government in Oklahoma as we head toward the end of the year. I'm Dick Pryor with Quorum Call publish…
 
(Cool Kats Photography / Flickr) The deadline for legislators to request bills and joint resolutions for drafting passed on Friday, December 9. We look at the next steps in the process as lawmakers prepare for the 2023 legislative session. TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Capitol Insider - taking you inside politics, policy and government in Oklahoma…
 
(John B. Carnett / Popular Science via Getty Images) A District Court judge has dealt a setback to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority by ruling the Authority willfully violated the Open Meeting Act with deceptive language in meeting agendas and documents during action on the ACCESS Oklahoma turnpike expansion project. TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Ca…
 
(OICA) Former state representative and gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman has a new idea to encourage voting in Oklahoma - a comic book directed at young people to explain the importance of civic responsibility. TRANSCRIPT This is Capitol Insider - taking you inside politics, policy and government in Oklahoma. I'm Dick Pryor with Quorum Call publis…
 
The election is over and the members of the new legislature have now been sworn in and house and senate leaders have been nominated. Capitol Insider looks at where the 59th Legislature is heading when it convenes in February. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association. Physicians dedicated to providing and increa…
 
(StickWare / Flickr) Oklahoma's 2022 general election saw another victorious night for Republican candidates from the state legislature to Congress. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association. Physicians dedicated to providing and increasing access to health care for all Oklahomans. More on the vision and mission…
 
(Oklahoma Watch) The 2022 General Election is Tuesday. And while most legislative races have already been determined, the statewide races still to be decided may present some surprises. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association, committed to connecting Oklahoma physicians with matters that are important to Oklah…
 
Governor Kevin Stitt(State of Oklahoma) Capitol Insider talks to the Republican Party nominee for governor of Oklahoma: Governor Kevin Stitt. TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Capitol Insider - taking you Inside politics, policy, government and elections in Oklahoma. I'm Dick Pryor with Quorum Call publisher Shawn Ashley. Our guest is Governor Kevin S…
 
(State Department of Education) Capitol Insider talks to the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Oklahoma: State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister. TRANSCRIPT Dick Pryor: This is Capitol Insider - taking you inside politics, policy, government…and elections…in Oklahoma. I'm Dick Pryor with Quorum Call publisher Shawn Ashley. Our guest is State Sup…
 
Over the last few days, Governor Kevin Stitt has announced three key leadership appointments, subject to Senate confirmation. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association, committed to fostering health care in rural Oklahoma through education and public and private partnerships. More on OSMA @okmed.org. Dick Pryor:…
 
A photo of Nick Brown's cattle ranch in Okmulgee County on Sept. 30. This was the last source of water for the cattle herd on his ranch.(Nick Brown) With the drought continuing, the Oklahoma Conservation Commission adopted a plan proposed by the Emergency Drought Commission to deliver $33,000 in emergency funds to each Oklahoma county. The legislat…
 
Lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Wednesday to appropriate about $1.4 billion in federal ARPA funding, and despite debate over how the funds should be used, the work is finished unless a small group of legislators succeeds in extending the session to consider other issues. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Associ…
 
The Oklahoma state Capitol in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki / AP) It has taken a year, but Oklahoma lawmakers are close to finishing the process of appropriating $1.8 billion in pandemic relief funds received from the federal government. TRANSCRIPT Capitol Insider sponsored by the Oklahoma State Medical Association, committed to connecting Oklahoma p…
 
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