The week in review: Feb. 17, 2017
From Caldwell and Associates
It was a hurried week at the state capitol with everyone trying to make it to the 30 plus committee meetings on the calendar. Committee members heard bills from nearly every subject matter and passed measures off of the floor.
Funding a teacher pay raise is still at the top of the list as evidenced by the six measures passing out of a House committee addressing the issue. House Speaker Charles McCall indicated the House would move forward with just one plan, phased out over three years for a total raise of $6,000.
The executive branch also had its share of activity, with Gov. Fallin setting the special election date for the House District 75 seat after Rep. Dan Kirby’s resignation.
Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb announced his resignation from Fallin’s cabinet citing differences in tax policy after she announced her budget last week, proposing to tax services. A list of those services and the impact taxing them would have is available here.
The Office of Management and Enterprise Services Director Preston Doerflinger also announced the General Revenue Fund collections missed the official monthly estimate by 3.4 percent. The news came a week after State Treasurer Ken Miller reported gross collections were slightly up in January.
Next week will consist of more committee meetings and floor hearings. The deadline for House and Senate measures to be reported from committees in the house of origin is March 2.
Bills closely watched by the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma are still waiting on committee hearings.
A complete list of measures monitored for the Conservation Coalition of Oklahoma is available here.