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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has increased the speed limit on U.S. Highway 412 between the U.S. Highway 281 junction (Bouse Junction) and the U.S. Highway 60 junction north of Fairview to 70 miles per hour. That makes the speed limit...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

I’ve been attending weekly meetings at the Capitol this interim as a member of the joint House and Senate Healthcare Working Group. We are looking at all aspects of Oklahoma healthcare from behaviors that contribute to poor health outcomes for Okla...

 

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It is really nice to be spending time back home in northwest Oklahoma. I have been trying to get around to the different community events. There are so many great things to do in our area, it’s a race to keep up with them all. I would like to...

 

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It’s the time of year when we like to set off – or at least watch – fireworks. The bigger and more colorful and the louder the boom, the better. But beyond the booms and the lights and the oohs and the ahs is the overarching sense of what the...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    June 5, 2019

Carl's Capitol Comments

With the end of the legislative session officially here, it’s time to take a look back at what we accomplished during our whirlwind four months at the state Capitol. We started the session with 1,193 House bills and 32 House joint resolutions and 1...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House, Senate and governor came together last week to announce a budget agreement has been reached. The House passed the budget on Friday and the Senate will vote on the budget on Tuesday. This budget will NOT require any additional taxes. I just...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The legislature is winding toward the close of this legislative session, but the end date is still uncertain. One sticking point is the education budget. The Senate president pro tempore on Thursday said he’s found a way to allocate $200 million...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

As the chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee for Natural Resources & Regulatory Services, two of the agencies under my guidance are the Department of Labor and the Department of Commerce – both very necessary for keeping Oklahoma's...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 1, 2019

Carl's Capitol Comments

This week in the House of Representatives we finished hearing Senate bills, and that chamber finished considering House bills. Now we move into the time where bill authors have to decide to accept or reject the changes that have been made to their...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Greetings! I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Easter, celebrating the sacrifice our Savior Jesus Christ made for us, and his conquering of death to give us the promise of eternal life. I was grateful for this reminder of what is truly important duri...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House finished its committee deadline this week for all policy bills from the Senate, as did the Senate with House bills. Interestingly, we started out the session with a total of 2,631 bills and joint resolutions filed between the House and the...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Business on the House floor this week continued to be a bit slower than normal since we are concentrating on moving Senate bills through the appropriate committees. Only when bills pass in committee are they eligible to be voted on by the entire...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

This is the time in the legislative session when bills are being heard by committees in their opposite chamber – House bills in the Senate committees and vice versa. Once bills pass through committee, they are eligible to be considered by the full...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Well, we are about halfway through this legislative session. I would like to take time this week to look at the funding picture that exists and the impact all the bills that have made it halfway to getting to the governor’s desk could have on our...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

We just finished Week 6 of this legislative session, which is referred to as deadline week. This is the week when all legislation that originates in the House has to been passed by the full House of Representatives to stay alive this session. We...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

This has been a busy week at the Capitol with multiple committee meetings and floor sessions. Multiple bills were heard in committee with many passing to the House Floor. Three of my bills passed in committee this week. House Bill 1208 would allow...

 

57th Legislature

I hope each of you had a great Christmas and New Year’s Day. This week I would like to share with you some of the changes we will face this next legislative session. When the 57th Legislature convenes Feb. 4, the House of Representatives will look...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Well here we are; it's election time again. I truly am thankful to the citizens of District 58 for allowing me to serve you for another two years. The scenery at the House of Representatives has already changed, even before the general election. We...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

If passed, this measure amends the state constitution and allows the establishment of the Oklahoma Vision Fund. Proponents say that this fund would have a great positive impact on the long term financial situation of our state. Alaska and North...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

Summer has been a time to get out in northwest Oklahoma and see many of you. I will continue to get out in the district. It has also been a time to catch up on things back home, especially mowing! We have been thoroughly blessed with all the rain thi...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

In the upcoming primary election besides voting on gubernatorial, lt. governor, and other state-wide, regional and county primary candidates, there is State Question 788 on the ballot. I would like to provide you with a factual interpretation of how...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 6, 2018

Carl's Capitol Comments

The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the State Senate adjourned the Second Regular Session of the 56th Legislature sine die on May 3. Our final week marked the end to an eventful regular session, which also included a special session as well....

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 2, 2018

Carl's Capitol Comments

Members of the House of Representatives and the state Senate marked a major milestone this past week: we passed the budget for the next fiscal year, and we did so weeks ahead of the statutory mandate. The budget includes increases for all state...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

At the time I’m writing this, fires have entered their second week, destroying more than 400,000 acres and killing two people. Close to 40 homes have been lost. Thank God for the rain, as it has allowed our emergency managers and firefighters to ge...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

While writing this it is hard to keep my thoughts on the Capitol when my own area has been devastated by wildfires. Three of the counties I represent have been touched by the fires this past week. I also want us to remember those in Dewey County....

 

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