State

Leewright appointed chair of Senate Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee, makes state history

December 14, 2017

Leewright owns Dynamic Restoration in Sapulpa and brings 25 years of experience to his new chairmanship role of the Business, Commerce and Tourism committee.

Senator pleased to see agency auditing commission work to begin

December 9, 2017

“It’s not just a matter of slashing budgets…this commission will look closely at agency programs and services to see which ones actually benefit taxpayers and which ones need to be eliminated.”

Two earthquakes felt last night, state can’t agree on what’s causing them

December 5, 2017

The state’s energy and environment cabinet says it’s “very likely” that wastewater wells are causing the quakes, while Oklahoma Oil and Gas Association says “maybe, but we need more data”.

Oklahoma’s new education policy rated among highest in the nation

November 14, 2017

Of the 51 state plans, only seven, including Oklahoma, scored ‘strong’ across all three metrics.

How they voted: House Bill 1054X falls short by just five votes

November 9, 2017

The bill would’ve given teachers and state workers a raise, but some were saying it didn’t do enough to make a dent in Oklahoma’s deficit and wasn’t worth the additional tax burden it would have put on Oklahomans.

Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader Issues Statement on Failure of ‘A+’ Revenue Package

November 9, 2017

“We all owe it to our constituents to reject cash and cuts as our only options and continue to work toward a long-term budget solution which protects the most basic, core government functions and services without balancing the budget on the backs of the poor and the vulnerable.”

Senate GOP freshmen urge House to take up ‘A+ budget deal’

November 7, 2017

“There are real lives at stake. There are unacceptable consequences if the Legislature fails to act. Whether as candidates or elected officials, we’ve all heard one common refrain from our constituents: fix this mess.”

Special Session Budget Agreement Reached

October 23, 2017

If passed, the budget agreement would include tax on cigarettes, tax increase on fuel and restore earned income tax credit.

Bergstrom attends Balanced Budget Amendment Planning Convention

September 14, 2017

Sen. Micheal Bergstrom is in Phoenix, Arizona as a delegate attending the Balanced Budget Amendment (BBA) Planning Convention, which commenced on September 12 and is scheduled to complete its work on September 15. The gathering is preparing the rules and guidelines for a future Article V Convention of the States for proposing amendments. “The national […]

Oklahoma Senate approves responsible state budget plan

May 16, 2017

Senator James Leewright said “These budget measures show a great deal of leadership in the Senate and we will continue to work together until we come to a reasonable solution to our budget deficit.”

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