Osborn, who could seek a sixth and final term in 2018, is instead planning to run for labor commissioner, and move McCall said he wholeheartedly supports.
The goal, said state Rep. Lewis Moore, is to lure carriers from larger, healthier states. Moore, R-Arcadia, is one of the bill's authors.
The House turns Wednesday to the first big revenue bill of the year, which would raise an estimated $390 million, most of it by raising the cigarette tax by $1.50 per pack and the fuel tax by 6 cents per gallon.
The bill approved Tuesday authorizes the state insurance commissioner to negotiate compacts with other states for sale of individual health insurance policies. These policies would not have to include the 40-odd coverages mandated by Oklahoma.
Oklahomans could buy insurance policies from California or other states under a proposal that could advance next week. The bill allows companies to market health insurance across state lines.
The dangerous portion of this bill is section 3D, which says, “The out-of-state insurers shall not be required to offer or provide state-mandated health benefits required by Oklahoma law or regulations in health insurance policies sold to Oklahoma residents.” The next section allows in-state insurers to sell policies that are substantially comparable to the out-of-state insurance policies, obviously, also sidestepping the Oklahoma mandates.
Under the dome: The coming week figures to be a busy one for state lawmakers as they scramble to meet Thursday’s committee deadline. Bills not…
Gov. Mary Fallin is getting her first full taste of what it means to be a second-term governor.
With less than two years left in office, no way to run for re-election and not a lot of political alternatives, she's a lame duck, but with strong Republican majorities in the House and the Senate and GOP control of all state offices, she might have thought she would have some time left when she would be treated like the boss ... at least among friends.
Not so much.
Images of license plates would be transferred by computer and matched against information that insurance companies are required to collect telling which motorists are insured.
Rep. Todd Thomsen, R-Ada, said he recently witnessed a case of "gamesmanship" in which one team tried to have the star player of another team removed from a game because of an alleged head injury.
Rep. Lewis Moore, a Republican who organized the town hall-style meeting at the University of Central Oklahoma, got an earful from constituents who are not happy about the perceived slow response by lawmakers and other elected officials to the state’s spike in seismic activity.
State Rep. John Paul Jordan, R-Yukon, called the section barring the use of state assets for religious purposes "toxic" and a "malignant tumor" that "needs to be removed completely."
Treasurer Ken Miller complains about continuing attempts to curtail his ability to work on behalf of recipients of unclaimed life insurance benefits.
Miller, a Republican who oversees Oklahoma's Unclaimed Property Fund, said it received $18 million in unclaimed insurance proceeds over the last 12 months that his office will try to return to the rightful owners.
State Rep. Lewis Moore issues an open letter to Gov. Mary Fallin concerning President Barack Obama's veto of federal legislation authorizing construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline.
"The federal government has been in our business way too long and way too deep," said Rep. Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia, whose bill would require advance legislative approval before any state agency could apply for or receive federal funds.
“This is not about marijuana at its core,” Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, said in a press release. “It is about the U.S. Constitution, the Tenth Amendment, and the right of states to govern themselves as they see fit."
Islamic leader says they are the new target for hate, and state Rep. John Bennett's comments and recent beheadings have increased threats against Muslims.
A bill that would authorize the placement of a privately funded Bill of Rights Monument on the grounds of the state Capitol was approved by a state House committee Tuesday, despite concerns by some that the process of authorizing monuments has become too politicized.
I’ve said before that I don’t attribute much voter impact to political endorsements, but there was still something remarkable about 20 Republi…
Eighteenth century thinking is starting to get more traction in Oklahoma’s 21st century government.