46 results for author: Jon Echols


March 10, 2017 Weekly Wrap

Blue Lives Matter Bill Passes House OKLAHOMA CITY – A bill that would increase the likelihood of the death penalty for people convicted of killing a law enforcement officer in the line of duty passed the House with a vote of 73-21 Wednesday. House Bill 1306, by State Rep. Casey Murdock, creates the Blue Lives Matter in Oklahoma Act of 2017, which provides that any person convicted of, or who pleads guilty or nolo contendere to murder in the first degree of a law enforcement officer, correctional officer or corrections employee while in the performance of their duties shall be punished by death or life in prison without parole. Murdock said he ...

March 3, 2017 Weekly Wrap

Rep. Sean Roberts Praises Passage of Second Amendment Protection Bill State Rep. Sean Roberts praised the passage of House Bill 1803, which prohibits the expenditure of public monies to oppose rights protected by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. The bill passed out of the House Public Safety Committee by a vote of 7-6. The bill is now eligible to be considered by the full House. Bill to Shield Public from Pornography Passes Committee A bill that would shield digital pornography from the general public passed the House Judiciary – Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee today with a unanimous vote. House Bill 1472 ...

February 23, 2017 Weekly Wrap

Property Reduction Program Provides Benefit to Department of Corrections According to testimony provided to the Government Modernization Committee today, more than 3.1 million dollars has now been generated through a program of inventorying and selling underutilized state government properties. Oklahoma's Capital Assets Administrator Dan Ross told committee members that much of the proceeds from the sales have been used to repair and maintain the roofs of three Department of Corrections facilities including the Oklahoma State Penitentiary at McAlester. The program is part of state government's ongoing government modernization effort to identify ...

February 17, 2017 Weekly Wrap

Crime bill passes through committee with bipartisan support Legislation that seeks to consider all rape by instrumentation as rape in the first degree has passed its first hurdle to becoming law after the House Judiciary – Criminal Justice & Corrections Committee unanimously voted to approve the measure. House Bill 1005 is the second piece of legislation written by Rep. Scott Biggs that attempts to strengthen Oklahoma’s rape laws. The first, House Bill 2398, was passed during the 55th Oklahoma Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin last June. The legislation passed through committee with a bipartisan 12-0 vote. Biggs, an ...

February 10, 2017 Weekly Wrap

House Speaker McCall Appoints Rep. Hall to Chair Business and Tourism Committee Oklahoma House Speaker Charles McCall today named state Rep. Elise Hall as chair of the House Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee. Rep. Hall previously served as vice chair of the Business Committee and had recently been appointed as a member of the committee for the 56th legislative session. Hall also serves as an assistant majority whip, as vice chair of the House Republican Caucus and as vice chair of the House Appropriations and Budget Subcommittee on Select Agencies. In addition, she is a member of the House Rules Committee and the House Judiciary ...

2017 Issues Survey


Capitol Restoration Progress Update September 2016

This post was originally posted on the Capitol Restoration website.  I am providing it here as a convenience for my constituents.  For more information on the progress, visit their website at http://capitolrestore.ok.gov. Outside In mid-July, crews began installing scaffolding on the west face of the Capitol’s north wing. Large scaffolding can now be seen by passersby on Lincoln Boulevard and around the Capitol grounds. It is the most visible sign of progress to date on this historic restoration project. Interestingly, the scaffolding used on the Oklahoma Capitol was also used in the restoration of the Kansas and Minnesota state capitols. ...

2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

Legislature Approves Budget, Adjourns Sine Die The House of Representatives passed the Fiscal Year – 2017 budget on Friday, May 27 and adjourned Sine Die, bringing the 55th Legislature to close. With a $1.3 billion budget gap caused by the near total collapse of the energy industry, the Legislature crafted a $6.78 billion budget that protects core services, including education, transportation, corrections, Medicaid and mental health. The budget is 5 percent less than the Fiscal Year – 2016 appropriated budget of $7.1 billion. Lawmakers worked hard to implement budget reforms and identify new revenue streams to avoid worst-case scenarios. H...

May 24, 2016 Weekly Wrap

House Approves Bill to Reduce Testing in Schools Legislation approved today by the Oklahoma House of Representatives will reduce testing in K-12 schools. House Bill 3218 reduces the number of required tests to 18, including: 12 English and math tests between grades 3-8; 2 science tests, one in grades 3-5 and one in grades 6-9; and 4 high school tests in English, math, science and U.S. history. All of the remaining tests except for U.S. History are required by the federal government under the Every Student Succeeds Act. Tests that were removed include an art test, geography tests and a social studies test.  The legislation ...

May 13, 2016 Weekly Wrap

General Revenue Fund Collections for April Fall Short of Estimate  The Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services reported this week that General Revenue Fund (GRF) collections in April missed the estimate by nearly 13 percent. Despite the lower revenues, further midyear reductions to state agencies remain unlikely.   April GRF collections of $611 million were $89.4 million, or 12.8 percent, below the official estimate upon which the Fiscal Year 2016 appropriated state budget was based, and $62.3 million, or 9.2 percent, below prior year collections. House – Senate Joint Committee Deciding Revenue Options for Budget A joint ...