REAL ID

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the revenue failure announced by officials last week causing Standard and Poor's to drop Oklahoma's credit rating, the State Supreme Court hears arguments from attorneys over the eligibility of its newest justice, Patrick Wyrick, and the Governor gets the bill to bring Oklahoma in compliance with the 2005 Federal Real ID Act.

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation on Thursday that will bring Oklahoma into compliance with the federal 2005 REAL ID Act. 

House Bill 1845 will allow Oklahomans to choose between a REAL ID-compliant drivers licence, or one that is not. A REAL ID-compliant license or identification, or a federally-issued ID such as a passport, will be required to board commercial airlines or enter federal facilities.

In a statement, Fallin said she appreciated the work of legislative leaders who crafted the bill and guided it to passage.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the $34M revenue failure facing state agencies as well as the $787M budget shortfall facing state lawmakers, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett announces he will not seek a fifth term as leader of the state's capital city and lawmakers fast track a bill to get the state in compliance with the Federal Real ID Act.

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The Oklahoma House of Representatives took a step toward becoming Real ID compliant Thursday. The House voted 78 to 18 to approve the measure that allows the state to produce identification that meets federal security guidelines under the federal 2005 Real ID Act.

Oklahomans must use a Real ID-compliant identification or passport by January 2018 to board a commercial airline flight, or by June of this year to enter federal facilities.

State Rep. Leslie Osborn, R-Mustang, authored the bill. She says compliance is way overdue.

A bill to get Oklahoma in compliance with the Federal Real ID Act moves on to the full House for consideration.

Rep. Leslie Osborn says House Bill 1845 creates a bifurcated system, meaning Oklahomans will have an option of getting a license which meets the standards of Homeland Security, or...

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Coming into Mary Fallin’s 7th state of the state address as governor of Oklahoma on Monday, there was one big question: 'How will the state deal with another revenue shortfall, and not cut funding to agencies that provide services?'

The state faces an estimated $870 million budget gap in the upcoming fiscal year. That comes after clawing out a $1.3 billion deficit last year.

"Today, I am proposing a series of bold reforms to stabilize our state regarding both recurring revenue and repairing the structural deficit of the budget."

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Oklahoma lawmakers will be confronted by familiar issues when they convene the 2017 Oklahoma Legislature.

Leaders of the Republican-controlled House and Senate say they'll focus on their priorities when the four-month legislative session begins on Monday.

High on that list is coping with an $870 million state budget shortfall for the fiscal year that begins July 1. Republican Gov. Mary Fallin will call for "a major overhaul of our tax system" in her state-of-the-state speech to tap new revenue streams to help boost teacher pay and meet other needs.

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Republican leaders in the Oklahoma Senate gathered Thursday for a press conference on their agenda for the coming legislative session.

Senate President Pro Tem Mike Schulz says the work of this session goes beyond just this year and looks to the future.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva HIll and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the rocky start for a committee investigating sexual harassment claims against two lawmakers as one of the members walks out refusing to sign a confidentiality agreement and the governor is getting ready to release her executive budget facing a nearly $870 million shortfall as agencies come to the capitol asking members of the House Appropriations Committee for more money.

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Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma has received an extension to comply with the federal REAL ID Act.

Fallin said Tuesday the extension is through June 6, 2017, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that failure to act during the 2017 legislative session to commit Oklahoma to all REAL ID requirements could result in the denial of future extensions.

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