September 20, 2016

Lottery Commission generates $12 million for Ed.

Due to the unprecedented $1.2 billion Powerball jackpot in January, the Lottery Commission generated an additional $12 million to be deposited in the Oklahoma Education Lottery Trust Fund (OELTF) according to Executive Director Rollo Redburn.

            The 2016 fiscal year estimate of funds to be paid in to the OELTF was about $54 million, though the actual number was closer to $66 million, according to the Commission.

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September 20, 2016

Wildlife committee consensus favors sharper penalt

After in-depth discussion at an interim study held Tuesday morning, a consensus was reached among members of the House Committee on Wildlife favoring “sharper fines” for hunting guides found trespassing on private property over establishing a licensing system for said fines.

Vaughan said a common reoccurring issue in his region of the state involved professional hunting guides leading groups of unknowing hunters onto private property without first obtaining the permission of the land owner. This, in turn, brought about concerns of liability. 

 

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September 20, 2016

Water rights settlement agreement could stall

Oklahoma’s historic water rights settlement agreement between the state, the Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations and the City of Oklahoma City could stall in Congress, members of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board (OWRB) were told during a board meeting Tuesday. Because the settlement involves federal issues, it also must face approval by U.S. Congress and a signature by the president.

September 15, 2016

Long-Range Capital Planning Commission approves

The Long-Range Capital Planning Commission gave its approval Thursday to the sale of seven pieces of state property that will generate nearly $4 million, approximately one-half of which will go into the panel’s maintenance and repair budget.               

Melissa Milburn, with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services Division of Capital Asset Management, said the sales of the various properties will result in approximately $2.0 million being deposited in the Maintenance of State Buildings Revolving Fund. The fund was created by legislation in 2013 to receive proceeds from state property sales which then are used to fund projects in the eight-year capital outlay plan.

 

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September 15, 2016

District Attorneys approve FY2018 budget request

The District Attorneys Council (DAC) approved the agency’s FY2018 budget request Thursday in addition to the allocation of their returned funds for FY2016.              

The DAC’s $46.3 million request represents an increase of $11.4 million over their FY2017 appropriations to address specific critical needs of each of the state’s 27 district attorneys. A common critical need shared by a number of DAs at last month’s regular meeting were potential pay increases for DA office staff.

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September 15, 2016

eCapitol Staff

The Board of Career and Technology Education approved a 2018 fiscal year budget request Thursday, along with an FY2017 supplemental request in the amount of $9.9 million, according to Communications Director Paula Bowles.               

The FY2018 request includes a 7 percent increase from the current funding level. The Department of Career and Technology Education state appropriations for the current fiscal year total $117.7 million, an 11 percent decrease from the $133.8 million in FY2016. The FY2018 request will be $126.5 million.               

Bowles said the $9.9 million FY2017 supplemental is being requested to cover an unfunded mandate, requiring the department to fund the health benefits allowance in which 3,970 employees are eligible to receive.

 

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