Measure changing Native American liaison role, qualifications now law (access required)

A bill addressing one of the more sensitive, emotionally debated issues of the session became law Tuesday when Gov. Mary Fallin signed HB 2563, modifying requirements for the new position of Native American liaison to the governor’s office. Much of ...

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Ethics Commission balks at OSF financial services fees (access required)

The Ethics Commission is seeking an exemption from a requirement that state agencies contract with the Office of State Finance for financial services such as payroll, billing and the like, because officials say OSF’s fees would be higher than the ...

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Session adjourns, leaving key tax credit, water and income tax issues for next legislature (access required)

This was the session that was going to address a new 50-year state water plan, eliminate nonperforming tax credits and enact a substantial income tax-reduction plan. In the end, with the House crashing into the mandatory 5 p.m. sine die ...

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(UPDATED) House members concerned that Barresi may use one-third of textbook money for other purposes (access required)

***(NOTE: Lawmakers later put language in SB 1535 adding $3 million for textbooks, bringing the total to $33 million.)   Most of SB 1816 addresses the issue of virtual schools. The vast majority of debate on the measure in the ...

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(UPDATED) Houston, we have a (sine die) problem … (access required)

***(NOTE: The House returned to session Friday afternoon and approved the conference report on SB 1983 below, passing it by 67-24. They also ultimately approved SB 1971, mentioned further down in the post, by 84-6)   Some 62 House members voted ...

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