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Carl's Capitol Comments

State Question 814 will be on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot. If approved, it would result in an increase in money the Legislature receives annually from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, or TSET. The additional money could then be spent to help...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments State Question 805 would change 'nonviolent' offender sentencing

State Question 805 will be on the Nov. 3 statewide ballot. I’m sharing some information about the question so you’ll be better informed when you get to the voting booth. This question would change the Oklahoma Constitution to prohibit the use of...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The speaker of the House recently announced that for the first time all House members will serve on a redistricting committee when it comes time to redraw our legislative districts following the results of this year’s census. This means as...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments We can't afford for you to not fill out the census

I wanted to take a moment to remind everyone to please fill out the census. Federal money follows census counts. If we don’t get an accurate count of where our people live, we lose money to other counties and other states. We cannot afford to let t...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections recently sent state legislators notice of a plan the department has drafted to responsibly bring its costs in line with current fiscal year appropriations. The Department of Corrections did not make any cuts to...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: Remember why we celebrate

As we approach the Fourth of July holiday, I’m reminded anew of the love I have for the United States of America and the desire I have for all citizens of our great nation to appreciate our country and remain loyal to its cause. The level of...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments Vote on June 30

Oklahomans have a statewide election coming up on June 30 in which they will be asked to vote on primary candidates for statewide legislative and U.S. Congressional seats, a state question and county and municipal special elections. I hope that every...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Oklahoma voters on June 30 will be asked to vote yes or no on State Question 802, which seeks to add a new article to the Oklahoma Constitution to expand eligibility for Oklahoma’s Medicaid program to include low-income, able-bodied adults. A yes v...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: Instead of violence, respond in love

I try to keep you updated on the events at the Capitol and legislation that affects your lives. In the past few weeks our nation, states and communities have been saddened by the unjust death of George Floyd. The death of Mr. Floyd as evidenced by...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments 167 laws passed

The second session of the 57th Oklahoma Legislature is a wrap. With the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the Capitol and much of the state for about a month and a half, we ended up passing considerably fewer bills than during a normal session. We...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: FY21 budget only 3% less than FY20; misconceptions addressed

The House and Senate both approved by overwhelming majorities a state appropriations’ bill for Fiscal Year 2021 in early May that was reduced only 3% from FY20. This was after the Equalization Board estimated a $1.4 billion, or 17%, decrease in rev...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

One of the first things the Legislature will tackle when it returns to session May 4 is the budget for Fiscal Year 2021. When the state Board of Equalization met in February, it certified $8.244 billion for the Legislature to appropriate for FY21....

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: The key to a smart reopening: personal responsibility

I know the governor announced a three-phase plan last week to reopen Oklahoma churches and businesses, and sports and entertainment venues. We need to get our economy restarted but also be smart in doing so. I think the most important part of making... Full story

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

It’s been a difficult month having to miss many of the normal gatherings that are part of our lives here in northwest Oklahoma, including church and chamber gatherings. I’m thankful, however, that we’ve seen fewer cases of COVID-19 than many...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: Legislators give Stitt broad authority to centralize services

I know this Easter must have been much different for everyone not being able to meet at church or in large family gatherings. Still, this Easter was very special because it is the true picture of love in sacrificial offering that our Lord Jesus Chris...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: Remember we're Oklahomans

In the face of this crisis, I wanted to talk to you as a friend and not just a state representative. This is not a time to sit back and worry about tomorrow. I recently heard a quote I thought was quite appropriate in the current situation: “We...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: Relief available to constituents

First, I would like to say please heed the warnings about personal distancing and keeping your hands clean. The difference between this and other viruses is that you can have the virus in your system for up to 14 days WITHOUT any symptoms. Thus, all... Full story

 

Carl's Capitol Comments: The virus in the room

Alright, let’s talk about the virus in the room. COVID-19 is much on everyone’s mind. I want to give some facts the Legislature received from the state health commissioner. He said the reason such extreme measures are being taken – schools,...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

We had another really busy week in the House this past week as we faced the deadline to have all House bills passed off the House floor. We had until March 12 to pass all House bills to the Senate and vice versa. At last count, it looked like we...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

We had an incredibly busy week in the House, considering 174 measures on the floor. We passed 172 of those over to the state Senate. We have until March 12 to vote on the remaining House bills and resolutions before we start considering Senate...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House wrapped up committee work last week for all House bills. We’ve heard hundreds of bills over the past month in various committees. Those that did not pass by the Feb. 27 deadline – other than those proposed later by the speaker of the Ho...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

I’m going to take a little different track this week. Instead of news from the Capitol, I’m going to share some information I recently received from the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) relating to the cost of building and repairing o...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The Legislative session is back in full swing with many subcommittees and committees meeting to pass bills before they can be considered on the House floor. We passed several bills recently in the House Appropriations & Budget on Natural Resources...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The Legislative session started Feb. 3 at the state Capitol. The House and the Senate convened in joint session and welcomed the governor to deliver his State of the State address. The governor recapped some of the successes he and the Legislature...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Well, it’s here again. By the time you read this, the first week of the second session of the 57th Legislature will be underway. The second session is different in that bills not heard in the first session can still be presented in the second....

 

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