Legislature

Things are calming down on 23rd & Lincoln
8:40 am
Mon June 9, 2014

The Life of a Capitol Reporter

  Life at the State Capitol is calming from the hustle and bustle of the 2014 legislative session to a quiet lull now that it’s over and lawmakers are out on the campaign trail.

In this week’s 23rd and Lincoln, the Journal Record’s Marie Price gives us an insight of what it’s like to be a Capitol reporter at the height of the session.

You can find more of Marie’s insights on the capitol jrlr.net.

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Legislature and Environment
9:46 am
Thu May 29, 2014

What Became of the Bills StateImpact Was Watching This Legislative Session?

The Oklahoma Senate
Credit Becky McCray / Flickr

 

From the start of the legislative session on February 3rd, StateImpact Oklahoma had its eye on what was sure to be a heated issue: the coming expiration of a tax credit for horizontally drilled oil and gas wells. Without action, rates would go from one-percent for the first four years of a well’s life, back to 7 percent.

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Oil & Gas Tax Incentives
9:34 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin Signs Controversial Tax Incentive for New Oil and Gas Wells

Crews working on a drilling rig in western Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday signed a bill that makes permanent a generous tax incentive for new oil and gas drilling.

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Governor Says No to HB2625
6:43 pm
Tue May 20, 2014

Governor Vetoes Reading Retention Bill

Governor Fallin vetoes legislation which would have allowed parents and educators decide on whether to hold back a 3rd grader who can’t read.

KOSU’s Michael Cross reports the Governor felt it gutted her signature Reading Sufficiency Act passed a few years ago.

Governor Fallin announced the veto of House Bill 2625 on Tuesday saying a third grader not being able to read affects all Oklahomans.

“We’ll see it in our unemployment numbers. We’ll see it in our adults that are trying to hold down just a minimum wage job. We’ll see it in our prisons.”

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