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Dr. Coburn Releases $9 Trillion Deficit Reduction Plan
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) today released a new report “Back in Black” that outlines how the federal government can reduce the deficit by $9 trillion over the next ten years and balance the federal budget. The 614-page plan was the result of a thorough and exhaustive review of thousands of federal programs.
House Increases Transparency of Legislative Studies
Following the conclusion of the session, lawmakers conduct numerous studies on issues that could require legislation in the coming year.
Unfortunately, in the past, public access to those studies typically required being physically present at the Capitol. Although much productive work can occur during these meetings, the Legislature has not chronicled or recorded study results the way we document our activity during the session. As a result, the public was often kept in the dark about the outcome of studies.
Children of Fallen Oklahoma Troops to Receive Free College Tuition
Everyday, Oklahoma military servicemen and women put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms and some have paid the ultimate price. House Bill 1343, “The Heroes Promise Act,” by state Rep. Eric Proctor (D-Tulsa) and state Sen. Tom Ivester (D-Sayre), honors the service of those who gave all for our country.
Proposed Senate Rules Change, Requiring Review of All Legislation for Duplication, Overlapping Programs
In March, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report identifying hundreds of duplicative and overlapping programs costing approximately $217 billion a year. GAO stated “reducing or eliminating duplication, overlap, or fragmentation could potentially save billions of taxpayer dollars annually and help agencies provide more efficient and effective services.”
Dr. Coburn to Host Town Hall Meetings in Oklahoma
U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. will be holding two town hall meetings in Oklahoma during the week of July 4th - 8th. Dr. Coburn will take questions and address important issues for Oklahoma and the nation at both events.
Oklahoma AG names Fry to lead fraud control unit
Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has named one of his assistants to lead his office's Medicaid fraud control unit.
State leaders announce Justice Reinvestment Initiative
Governor Mary Fallin, House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman today announced Oklahoma’s kickoff of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a bipartisan effort to engage in a data-driven approach to public safety.
Senate to vote on repealing ethanol tax credits
(AP) — With lawmakers desperately working to shave federal budget deficits, the Senate is debating a measure to eliminate ethanol tax credits that pay the oil industry $5 billion a year. The biggest defenders of the subsidies, however, include farm belt conservatives leading the charge for less government.
This year’s legislative session, which was one of the toughest in recent memory, is now officially concluded. While we faced many challenges this year, I believe we accomplished some significant goals.
Study of Tornado Shelter Needed and Available Incentives
State Rep. Pat Ownbey has requested a legislative study to determine how the state can better incentivize greater access to storm shelters during severe weather.
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