April 24, 2015

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Friday

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill Friday that gives school districts throughout the state the ability to establish charter schools and a bill that requires state agencies to use performance-informed budgeting techniques, along with four other measures. The governor also vetoed a bill required judges to apply an equal reduction of restitution orders.

Fallin signed SB0782 which amends current law that only permits charter schools in Oklahoma and Tulsa counties, and SB0198, creating Oklahoma Performance Informed Budget and Transparency Act of 2015

In a press release, Fallin said SB0798 “…provides more local control for parents and school administrators. Increasing education options will give students greater opportunities to succeed in the classroom and allow students to graduate with skill-sets necessary to go to college or into a career.”

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April 24, 2015

Lawmakers trimmed another 60 bills

Lawmakers trimmed another 60 bills and joint resolutions from further consideration in the two weeks between the deadline for hearings measures in committee of the opposite chamber and Thursday’s deadline for hearing bills and joint resolutions of the opposite chamber on the floor.

The Senate completed its work Wednesday, one day early, while the House met until mid-afternoon Thursday. After the opposite committee deadline two weeks ago, 521 of the 2,120 measures filed by the January 22 deadline remained alive. Thursday’s deadline saw the number of active bills and joint resolutions drop to 462.

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April 23, 2015

The House met the deadline Thursday

The House met the deadline Thursday afternoon to hear Senate bills on the floor, leaving just over a dozen bills unheard.

All nine bills passed during the afternoon session were met with no debate from members.

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April 23, 2015

The Senate will not impose deadlines

The Senate will not impose deadlines for filing conference committee reports, Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman’s spokesman said Thursday.

“We have no (conference committee report) deadlines,” Matt Glanville, spokesman for Bingman, said.

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April 23, 2015

A potential contract for legal services

A potential contract for legal services with the Attorney General’s Office ruffled some feathers Thursday at the State Board of Education meeting.

The board was scheduled to make a decision on entering into a contract with the Attorney General’s Office for legal services following General Counsel Kim Richey’s sudden resignation this week. The board ultimately tabled the item hoping to receive an outline of their options at their next board meeting.

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April 23, 2015

A previously failed resolution

A previously failed resolution calling for Oklahoma to join a convention of states to amend the United States Constitution has been granted life again, but not without a procedural fight from its opponents.

The charge against rehearing SJR0004, which failed to win approval on the House floor earlier in the week by a vote of 42 to 56, was led by Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, who threw out a number of procedural obstacles for members to vote on.

SJR0004 faced objection from Minority Leader Scott Inman, D-Del City, as soon as it was brought up for possible reconsideration. Inman said his caucus has supported many reconsiderations of bills, but none which cost the more than two hours of debate members sat through the first time the resolution was heard.

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