Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, said a delay in getting the data to redraw boundaries will require a special session.
Councilors are concerned that the city's ability to hold meetings virtually will end Nov. 15; they want the time period extended to March 14 in light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic.
A new executive order from Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday declares a health emergency in all 77 Oklahoma counties for the next 30 days.
The Democratic house minority leader on Thursday called for immediate action on medical marijuana legislation.
We'll admit that we've gone back and forth concerning the need (and wisdom) of a special session of the Oklahoma Legislature to deal with State Question 788. After going both ways in recent week, we're back to thinking the health board might get it right, although we frankly don't have much faith in anyone involved in the process at this point. The board needs to reconvene quickly, fix its mistakes and get out of the way of popular sovereignty. Otherwise, we're back to relying on the Oklahoma Legislature to fix the problem, which is leaning on a broken crutch.
Oklahoma crossed a threshold when we approved SQ 788, and it isn't the job of the health board to substitute its judgment for that of the 507,582 Oklahomans who voted for it.
Bud Scott, the executive director of New Health Solutions Oklahoma, said in a statement that Fallin opting not to call a special session is not in reality a victory for the medical marijuana industry but rather is indicative of skirting her duty to Oklahomans who supported having medical marijuana on the books.
"The voters have spoken, and it’s important that our state has a responsible system up and running to meet the deadlines outlined in State Question 788," Gov. Mary Fallin said Friday in a prepared statement.
Sen. Nathan Dahm said there is "legal ambiguity" about whether the Legislature could override vetoes after final adjournment of a legislative session, but that new bills with the same language could be approved.
Thursday's adjournment started the clock running on efforts to overturn House Bill 1010xx, the $477 million revenue bill that became the first passed by the Legislature since passage of State Question 640 in 1992.
Claremore has joined many Tulsa-area large school districts that have decided to continue spring extracurricular activities in the event of an April 2 teacher walkout.
There will be no second chance for teacher pay raises or additional state revenue, House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, said late Monday after the failure of House Bill 1033xx, the $581 million cornerstone of a revenue and reform package promoted by business interests and adopted by GOP leadership.
Fallin's amended special session call doesn't include a specific date for the special session to resume, but the governor said early discussions have centered on resuming the session on Feb. 6, the day after Fallin's scheduled State of the State speech.
There were several false starts during the 2017 regular session, especially with teacher salary increases.
"After much consideration and consultation with my family, I have decided to honor the trust and faith shown to me by the citizens of Del City and south Oklahoma City when they elected me," he said Friday.
The governor has said she could expand the special session's agenda if a compromise can be worked out with legislative leaders. We say the starting point should be where things left off in the previous special session: higher gross production taxes for the petroleum industry, higher cigarette taxes and possibly other revenue measures with much of money dedicated to education funding and returning the state's earned income tax credit.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today issued an executive order formally calling for a special session of the Oklahoma Legislature for lawmakers to address immediate budget issues facing the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, while continuing negotiations on long-term budget solutions.
Someone pinch us to make sure we're not dreaming. The state's legislative leadership is seriously considering the process to alter the draconian State Question 640 that has helped put the state in the financial mess in which it finds itself.
The first special session began Sept. 25 and ended Nov. 17 with lawmakers sending Fallin a bill that used cash and budget cuts to plug a $215 million fiscal year 2018 budget hole. Fallin vetoed most of the measure on the same day.
School districts that spend less than 60 percent of their budget on instruction could be targeted for review.
Fallin left intact emergency funding for social service agencies but vetoed all other parts of the bill.
Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols said he didn't know when lawmakers would return. Legislative leaders continue to meet with Gov. Mary Fallin and her staff