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"Governor Keating's veto is disappointing, but it is certainly consistent with the shabby treatment he's accorded state employees, retirees and teachers throughout his administration. He had the ability to offset a devastating premium hike with a stroke of his pen, but instead he chose to pull the rug out from under thousands of families who are struggling to make ends meet. The fact that he's vetoed not one, but two bills on this subject speaks volumes about his attitude toward them.read more.
Two area state lawmakers are calling on Oklahoma's U.S. Senators to undo the damage caused by a recent political fight in the nation's capital and return $30 million in federal highway money to Tulsa and northeastern Oklahoma.
Senator Stratton Taylor and Senator Kevin Easley are urging their counterparts in Washington, DC to be better advocates for improved roads than Congressmen Steve Largent and Tom Coburn have been. The federal highway bill is now before the U.S. Senate.read more.
Hog and chicken producers should be required to foot the bill for the cost of regulating their respective industries, according to the Senate author of the two main bills addressing the issue. Senator Paul Muegge is preparing to add fee schedules to SB 1175 and SB 1170 to accomplish that goal.read more.
Governor Keating should take a stand against an organization that is attempting to influence the decisions of Oklahoma judges, according to the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Senator Brad Henry said there is an appearance that the Governor supports the initiative because Secretary of State Tom Cole's political consulting firm has been hired by the group.read more.
Governor Keating's refusal to meet with the board of a state employees group is a slap in the face to state workers and indicative of the low priority he assigns to issues important to them, according to a Senate budget leader.read more.
State policy leaders should focus targeted tax relief on Oklahoma's ailing energy industry before considering Governor Keating's omnibus initiative to slash a variety of different taxes, according to the chairman of the Senate Energy, Environmental Resources and Regulatory Affairs.read more.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Senator Maxine Horner (D-Tulsa) and Representative Don Ross (D-Tulsa) are offering a bill that would provide a workable solution to the fiasco over who controls the Roger's University Tulsa campus. This despite being virtually ignored by the sponsors of other measures addressing the issue.
"It appears that Representative Ross and I are doing nothing when this campus is in both of our districts," said Senator Horner. "That is simply not true. We have a bill and it is substantive."read more.