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 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 22, 2024

Immersed in state budget process

We are deep into the budget process at the state Capitol with a series of public budget summits being held between House and Senate leadership and the governor. Although frustrating at times, I'm plea...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 15, 2024

We need more statesmen

I listened to a speech this week made by one of my colleagues who has chosen not to run again for his legislative seat. He spoke about why he ran for office in the first place – a desire to make s...

 

Protecting our courts

The House last week failed Senate Joint Resolution 34, which sought to dismantle the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and would instead have asked voters to allow the governor to appoint judges...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House last week failed Senate Joint Resolution 34, which sought to dismantle the Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and would instead have asked voters to allow the governor to appoint judges...

 

The complicated budget process often gets contentious

It's the time of year when much of the focus in the Legislature turns to the state budget process. It's the one constitutional duty we have each year – to pass a balanced budget. As it does most y...

 

Delivering the invocation for the legislative session

One of the things I'm blessed to do each week is offer the invocation before the Wednesday Legislative Session of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Last week, I chose to read the scripture Philip...

 

House to consider Senate bills on opioid overview

The committee process has started anew as the House considers Senate bills before they advance to the House Floor. We had a bit of a slow week last week as we waited for the bills to be first- and...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The committee process has started anew as the House considers Senate bills before they advance to the House Floor. We had a bit of a slow week last week as we waited for the bills to be first- and...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

My House Bill 3190 passed off the House Floor last week and moves to be heard in the Senate. This measure provides clarity to patients and doctors and would ease the process when prior authorization...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

My House Bill 3194 passed off the House floor last week with a two-thirds majority vote. I have had numerous conversations with all those that had questions about this bill, addressing all concerns....

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

At the time of this writing, over one million acres have burned in Oklahoma and Texas. I'm thankful that much of our House district has been spared so far. There has been one small wildfire in our...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

I had lots of visitors stop by my office at the Capitol last week, several I got to introduce from the House floor. On Tuesday we hosted FFA Day, and I spoke with students from across the state. On...

 

HB 3191 on water metering for large industrial wells passes out of committee

At the Capitol, we are still in the process of hearing bills in various committees. All bills are reviewed by the floor leadership team and then assigned to a committee. The committee must hear and...

 

Tax cuts, abortion, wildfire prevention receive Capitol's attention

The legislative session started last week with its usual business. The House and Senate convened Monday for a joint session to hear the governor's annual State of the State Address. He called on us...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

With the start of the regular legislative session, I would like to share some information about the bills I will be presenting this year. One bill on which I've gotten several questions is House Bill...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

A new year always makes me wax philosophical. I know it's just a flip of the calendar page, but I can't help but feel the weight of the symbolism. A new year is a time for new beginnings and fresh...

 

Steps towards reducing income tax

The governor has called the Legislature back into special session beginning Oct. 3. In his call, the governor specifically asked the Legislature to pass the following pieces of legislation: A trigger...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

It's been quiet at the Capitol recently with our special session adjourned and interim studies not yet in full swing. This allowed me to take some time to attend to a project back in our House...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    June 7, 2023

Carl's Capitol Comments

Now that our regular legislative session has concluded, I wanted to give a glimpse of how many bills were signed into law. Of the 1,991 House bills and joint resolutions introduced this year in our...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 24, 2023

Carl's Capitol Comments

After months of wrangling, the House and Senate finally came together with the governor last week to announce an agreement on historic funding for public education. The plan includes $625 million in...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 10, 2023

Lawmakers' focus turns to the budget

Now that we're in the final month of the legislative session, I and other lawmakers are focused almost totally on the state budget. Most of the policy bills have generally found their destination,...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 10, 2023

Carl's Capitol Comments

Now that we're in the final month of the legislative session, I and other lawmakers are focused almost totally on the state budget. Most of the policy bills have generally found their destination,...

 
 By Rep. Carl Newton    Local    May 3, 2023

House, Senate leaders still at odds over how to increase education funding

Deadline weeks are always interesting. Shaping public policy is necessary but sometimes messy work. With 149 lawmakers vying for what they believe is the best policy, we sometimes have a little...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

In my last column I described a meeting I held recently with Sen. Casey Murdock and many concerned constituents in Major County regarding water and the devastating effects of our most recent drought....

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

The House and Senate are still working to come to consensus on an education plan that will add more funding to public schools, reward teachers and give parents more choices for their children. I know...

 

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