Tulsa’s Young Professionals made its annual lobbying trip to the state capitol.
"Top issues for Tulsa's Young Professionals are funding for education, we're also very interested in modernizing Oklahoma's liquor laws, and then ridesharing opportunities like Uber and Lyft," said government affairs crew leader Stephanie Cameron. "Those are all very important to our demographic and are definitely areas of interest."
The discussion ran both ways, however. TYPros Executive Director Shagah Zakerion said the theme they heard from lawmakers in both parties was engagement.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would allow parents to receive state subsidies to send their children to private schools has been withdrawn by its Senate author.
Republican Sen. Clark Jolley of Edmond said Wednesday he's pulling the school choice plan from consideration in the Senate to address questions about how it would work. Jolley says he plans to pursue the legislation next year.
In an emergency meeting, the Creek Nation Tribal Council votes “no confidence“ in Principal Chief George Tiger and the council will ask him to resign. The vote was 12-to-nothing following an executive session of the council last night.
The vote follows a Tulsa World report that Tiger, before he was chief, had signed a contract with the developer of the Kialegee Tribal Town Casino that was proposed for Broken Arrow. Had that casino opened, it would have been in competition with the River Spirit Casino owned by the tribe.
Tulsa leaders join the ‘Say No to Hate Coalition’ in a rally against racism on the steps of Tulsa’s City Hall. Leaders, one-by-one, spoke out against the racist comments made on a Sigma Alpha Epsilon video at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.
The local leaders talked about how the frat house comments were made in “ignorance” and the only answer to ignorance is “education”.
Oklahoma House leaders are gathering agency input on the new state budget. Appropriations Chair Earl Sears of Bartlesville says they are looking for ways to fill the $611.3 million budget shortfall.
Budget cuts will NOT be across the board. Sears wants to spare, as much as possible, the big state agencies like education, transportation and public safety. He calls the agencies "core government services".
Sears wants to wrap up the budget quickly, so agencies will know what is ahead.
PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Osage County oil producers have expressed their frustration with an environmental survey that has brought well drilling to a standstill.
The Tulsa World reports that producers voiced their opinions at a meeting Monday that was held by the U.S Bureau of Indian Affairs. Oil drillers blame the bureau and its environmental policies for crippling the industry in the area.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences has announced its new provost, chief operating officer and associate deans.
The health center's president, Kayse Shrum, announced the changes on Tuesday.
William Pettit is being promoted to provost of the Tulsa-based center and senior associate dean of academic affairs for the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine. Johnny Stephens will be promoted to COO.