A discussion of the week's news from Oklahoma's State Capitol between KGOU Public Radio's Dick Pryor and eCapitol's Shawn Ashley, plus interviews with newsmakers.
Application period pushed back for new private school tax credits
The Oklahoma Tax Commission has delayed for a few days the application period for parents to apply for income tax credits to send their children to private schools.
01/12/2023 • 5 minutes 53 seconds
Looking ahead to the 2024 elections
Less than a year remains before the 2024 general election. We talk to Oklahoma Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax about preparations for statewide voting next year.
24/11/2023 • 8 minutes 27 seconds
New Oklahoma anti-abortion laws on hold
The Oklahoma Supreme Court has enjoined implementation of three Oklahoma anti-abortion laws from 2021 following a legal challenge.
17/11/2023 • 5 minutes 54 seconds
Legislators study state-tribal compacts
Lawmakers heard from tribal leaders during a two-day interim study looking at compacts between the State of Oklahoma and sovereign Native American nations.
10/11/2023 • 5 minutes 49 seconds
New laws hit the books as calendar turns to November
On November 1st, more than 200 bills became law in Oklahoma. We talk about a few of them this week on Capitol Insider.
03/11/2023 • 5 minutes 54 seconds
Schools stymied in effort to change sex and gender records of students
The State Board of Education has ruled against two school districts complying with a court order to change sex and gender designation on records of certain students.
27/10/2023 • 5 minutes 18 seconds
Supreme Court to hear tax case that prompted special session
A key element of Governor Kevin Stitt's call for a special session is going before the Oklahoma Supreme Court and the decision could have a dramatic impact on taxes.
20/10/2023 • 5 minutes 53 seconds
Just what is an interim study...and why should we care?
As legislators consider issues and possible legislation during interim studies, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss what they are and what to watch for.
13/10/2023 • 5 minutes 52 seconds
Special session in limbo after Senate adjourns Sine die
As the House and Senate returned for a special session, Governor Kevin Stitt pushed for tax cuts. But, the special session abruptly paused when the Senate adjourned.
06/10/2023 • 5 minutes 52 seconds
State Board of Education seeks less school funding for year ahead
The State Board of Education announces a new program focusing on four key areas of instruction as it submits budget request to the state legislature for fiscal year 2025.
29/09/2023 • 5 minutes 52 seconds
Attorney General questions Ethics Commission open meeting law compliance
Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond tells the Ethics Commission it may have violated the state's Open Meeting Act during its search for a new executive director.
22/09/2023 • 5 minutes 53 seconds
Stitt calls legislature back for special session in October
Oklahoma legislators will be heading back to the state Capitol again this fall to consider three items on Governor Kevin Stitt's agenda.
15/09/2023 • 5 minutes 53 seconds
Slowing Oklahoma economy reflected in declining state revenue collections
State Treasurer Todd Russ reported Thursday that the state's total revenue collections for the month of August were down $121.8 million, or 8.9%, compared to the same month one year ago. Gross production tax collections on oil and natural gas were responsible for the largest part of the decline.
08/09/2023 • 5 minutes 53 seconds
House Democrats push for committee to explore Walters impeachment
The House Democratic Caucus is seeking formation of a committee to investigate State Superintendent Ryan Walters and consider whether impeachment is warranted.
01/09/2023 • 5 minutes 53 seconds
State works to provide relief from heat
As temperatures continue to hover around the century mark, the stress is showing in various ways. Efforts are underway to help mitigate effects of the extreme heat.
25/08/2023 • 5 minutes 46 seconds
Oklahoma Broadband Office seeks input and expansion of service
Reliable broadband service is essential in today's world, and we discuss Oklahoma's plan for improving access with the new executive director of the Oklahoma Broadband Office.
18/08/2023 • 7 minutes 46 seconds
Lawmakers begin work for 2024 legislative session
With the special session over, Oklahoma lawmakers are now turning their attention to matters that may make it into bills introduced during the 2024 legislative session.
11/08/2023 • 5 minutes 46 seconds
Lawsuit filed in gubernatorial-legislative dispute over tribal compacts
After two vetoes are overridden, Governor Kevin Stitt asks the Oklahoma Supreme Court for ruling on whether the legislature has authority over state-tribal compacts.
04/08/2023 • 5 minutes 47 seconds
State-tribal compacts spark legislative action and controversy
As the special session nears an end, conflict over state-tribal compacts arises, involving the legislature, governor, attorney general, and prominent tribal nations.
28/07/2023 • 5 minutes 48 seconds
New group seeks changes in Oklahoma closed primary system
In an effort to increase voter participation and less partisanship, an Oklahoma group is pushing for electoral reforms that would change Oklahoma primary elections.
21/07/2023 • 15 minutes 18 seconds
Special session on hold as adjournment deadline approaches
Oklahoma legislators have until the end of July to act on gubernatorial vetoes and budget bills in a special session before the session adjourns.
14/07/2023 • 5 minutes 48 seconds
Stitt seeks tribal compact extensions
Governor Kevin Stitt is pushing for extensions on expiring tribal tobacco compacts.
07/07/2023 • 5 minutes 48 seconds
Tourism and Recreation Department ready for summer fun at state parks
A year ago, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department was facing numerous challenges, but things are looking up at state parks as the summer vacation season begins.
30/06/2023 • 13 minutes 52 seconds
State Superintendent supports recommendations for religion in schools
State Superintendent Ryan Walters has proposed enforcing a state law that requires Oklahoma schools to begin each class day with a minute of silence for prayer.
23/06/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Democrats seek information about status of education grants
As the legislative special session about the state budget hits a lull, House Democrats are seeking information on the status of federal education grants and expenditures.
16/06/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Special session winding down
With the deadline for the end of the special session coming June 30th, Oklahoma lawmakers are wrapping up their legislative work for 2023.
09/06/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Closing out the legislative regular session as special session looms
Governor Kevin Stitt has been taking action on various bills passed during the 2023 regular session, including vetoing two bills related to state-tribal compacts.
02/06/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
2023 Oklahoma legislative session adjourns Sine Die
With one special session underway and another one possible, the Oklahoma House and Senate reached agreement on a budget and adjourned Sine Die on Friday afternoon.
26/05/2023 • 5 minutes 45 seconds
State budget heads legislative agenda for last week of regular session
With education funding bills now approved, the House and Senate are working quickly to draft the state budget for the next fiscal year.
19/05/2023 • 5 minutes 45 seconds
Time running short for tax cuts, education funding, and state budget
Only two weeks remain in the 2023 legislative regular session, and lawmakers are still seeking agreement on education funding and state budget for the next fiscal year.
12/05/2023 • 5 minutes 45 seconds
Heading into session's final three weeks, no budget deal done
Squabbling over competing education funding plans leaves lawmakers without a budget agreement as the 2023 legislature's adjournment looms on May 26th.
06/05/2023 • 5 minutes 45 seconds
Impasse over education bills, tax cuts exposes deepening rift
Governor Kevin Stitt is using his veto pen to retaliate against the State Senate to force passage of his education and private school funding plan and tax cuts.
28/04/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Time is short for Oklahoma lawmakers to draft new state budget
Just five weeks remain in the 2023 Oklahoma legislative session, and lawmakers still have about 500 bills to consider and the next state budget to draft.
21/04/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Attorney General opinions trigger action for accountability, cabinet
Oklahoma attorney general's opinion requires oversight of agency purchases, after legislative report found the state spent $3 billion without fiscal accountability.
14/04/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Education policy, funding and administrative rules up in the air
Oklahoma lawmakers are still at an impasse over education funding, and the future of proposed State Board of Education administrative rules has yet to be determined.
07/04/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
House, Senate remain at odds over school choice bills
Both houses of the Oklahoma legislature want school choice bills to become law, but the two sides have dug in over disagreements about how to craft the legislation.
31/03/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Treat discusses House-Senate impasse over education bills
Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat weighs in on stalled education bills and response to Volkswagen bypassing Oklahoma for a manufacturing plant.
24/03/2023 • 7 minutes 23 seconds
Oklahoma House to reconsider student corporal punishment bill
A bill that would prohibit corporal punishment of students with disabilities failed in the Oklahoma House, but the author plans to bring it to the floor again on Monday.
17/03/2023 • 5 minutes 52 seconds
Facts behind censure of Oklahoma City state legislator disputed
The Oklahoma House of Representatives censured a non-binary member for allegedly "harboring a fugitive" following an incident during protest of anti-transgender legislation.
10/03/2023 • 5 minutes 51 seconds
Speaker of the House McCall explains private and home school tax credit bills
The Oklahoma House of Representatives has sent to the Senate two bills that would provide education tax credits for parents with students in private and home schools.
06/03/2023 • 18 minutes 11 seconds
Attorney General withdraws opinion for misusing religious liberty
Attorney General Gentner Drummond has withdrawn an AG opinion he says was improperly requested and misused religious liberty to justify state-funded religion.
24/02/2023 • 5 minutes 45 seconds
House Republicans unveil education plan
Speaker of the House Charles McCall has announced the House Republican plan for education, which includes increased funding for public schools and tax credits for parents with children in private schools and home-based education.
17/02/2023 • 5 minutes 9 seconds
2023 Oklahoma Legislative Session begins
Now that Governor Kevin Stitt has delivered his State of the State address and executive budget, the work picks up in the Oklahoma legislature.
10/02/2023 • 5 minutes 14 seconds
State of the State address highlights start of 2023 legislative session
Although the 2023 session is already underway, work begins in earnest on Monday with a joint session of the House and Senate for the governor's State of the State address.
Two of Oklahoma's newest statewide elected officials have signaled their intentions for the start of their terms, and change is in the air.
27/01/2023 • 5 minutes 25 seconds
Oklahoma lawmakers file more than 3,000 pieces of legislation as session heats up
Now, the fun starts. Thursday was the bill filing deadline for the 2023 Oklahoma legislative session, and a late push saw lawmakers break the 3,000 mark.
20/01/2023 • 5 minutes 30 seconds
Kevin Stitt begins second term as Oklahoma governor
Inauguration Day has come and gone and now Governor Kevin Stitt, the Oklahoma legislature and new State Superintendent Ryan Walters begin work on what could be a transformational 2023 in state government.
13/01/2023 • 5 minutes 25 seconds
State government stories to watch in 2023
With Inauguration Day coming Monday, major story lines are shaping up for the 2023 Oklahoma Legislative Session.
06/01/2023 • 5 minutes 57 seconds
The top ten Oklahoma stories of 2022
KGOU's Dick Pryor and QuorumCall's Shawn Ashley continue their countdown of the top ten Oklahoma stories of 2022. Which story will be number 1?
30/12/2022 • 7 minutes
Reflecting on the top ten Oklahoma stories of the year in 2022
Dick Pryor and Shawn Ashley look back at the top stories of the year in Oklahoma politics, policy and government to close out 2022. In this week's segment, they unveil stories ten through six.
23/12/2022 • 5 minutes 25 seconds
Bill filing continues as Inauguration Day nears
Oklahoma legislators have a month to go before the bill filing deadline, and already some are generating discussion and headlines.
16/12/2022 • 5 minutes
Lawmakers prepping bills for new legislative session
The deadline for legislators to request bills and joint resolutions for drafting passed on Friday, December 9th. We look at the next steps in the process as lawmakers prepare for the 2023 legislative session.
A District Court judge has dealt a setback to the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority by ruling the Authority willfully violated the Open Meeting Act with deceptive language in meeting agendas and documents during action on the ACCESS Oklahoma turnpike expansion project.
03/12/2022 • 5 minutes
New comic book urges civic participation and voting
Former state representative and gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman has a new idea to encourage voting in Oklahoma - a comic book directed at young people to explain the importance of civic responsibility.
28/11/2022 • 6 minutes
Lawmakers prepare for 2023 Oklahoma legislative session
The election is over and the members of the new legislature have now been sworn in and house and senate leaders have been nominated. Capitol Insider looks at where the 59th Legislature is heading when it convenes in February.
19/11/2022 • 5 minutes 31 seconds
Republican dominance continues in Oklahoma elections
Oklahoma's 2022 general election saw another victorious night for Republican candidates from the state legislature to Congress.
12/11/2022 • 15 minutes 2 seconds
Polling suggests unpredictable Oklahoma General Election
The 2022 General Election is Tuesday. And while most legislative races have already been determined, the statewide races still to be decided may present some surprises.
05/11/2022 • 5 minutes 30 seconds
The Race for Oklahoma Governor: Republican Party nominee Kevin Stitt
Capitol Insider talks to the Republican Party nominee for governor of Oklahoma: Governor Kevin Stitt.
28/10/2022 • 12 minutes 30 seconds
The Race for Oklahoma Governor: Democratic Party nominee Joy Hofmeister
Capitol Insider talks to the Democratic Party nominee for governor of Oklahoma: State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister.
21/10/2022 • 11 minutes
Three new leaders selected for state government heading into critical operational period
Over the last few days, Governor Kevin Stitt has announced three key leadership appointments, subject to Senate confirmation.