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Archive for: January 5th, 2018

Corporation Commission Judges Recommend Utilities Use Tax Break to Fund Customer Rebates

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Administrative law judges are recommending utilities use the savings from the reduction of federal corporate tax rates to provide rebates to ratepayers. OK Energy Today reports Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony and Attorney General Mike Hunter are making the recommendation. Hunter believes utilities stand to save more than $100 million a year from the tax cut.

Read the OK Energy Today story here.

Health Department Sues House Investigative Committee Over Subpoena

Thursday’s House Special Investigative Committee hearing was abruptly cancelled because the Health Department filed a “cause of action” to get more time for the agency’s chief financial officer Mike Romero to prepare documents for the Committee. NonDoc’s William Savage III writes Committee Chairman Josh Cockroft subpoenaed Romero on January 2 for the January 4 hearing. The Health Department contends that was not enough time to prepare.

Read the NonDoc story here.

OMES Releases 2017 Financial Report

The financial document which outlines the state’s financial activities has been released by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services. The 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) reviews state finances through the fiscal year which ended June 30, 2017.

The CAFR is required by state law and is the primary means of reporting the state government’s financial activities. It maintains reporting information for all agencies, funds and component units included in the state reporting entity, and prepares the annual schedule of expenditures of federal awards.

You can review the 2017 CAFR at the OMES website here.

Medicinal Marijuana Vote to Be Held in June

It has been a long road, but Oklahoma voters will get their say in the medical marijuana legalization issue this summer. Governor Fallin Thursday set June 26 as the election date for State Question 788 on the Primary Election ballot.

“Backers of this proposal to legalize medical marijuana followed procedures and gathered the more than 66,000 required signatures to submit the issue to a vote of the people,” said Fallin. “I’m fulfilling my duty as governor to decide when that election will occur this year.”

If approved by voters, the measure would permit doctors to recommend a patient, who is at least 18 years old, for a state-issued medical marijuana license. A license holder would be allowed to legally possess up to 3 ounces of the drug, six mature plants and six seedlings. These limits can be increased by individual counties or cities.

The initiative petition for a medical marijuana vote was circulated in 2016, but was delayed from getting on the ballot that year because of the timing and then Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s rewording of the ballot title which was overturned by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in 2017.

Lankford, Trump, Senators Chat Up DACA

U.S. Senator James Lankford sat down with President Trump and others to discuss the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) legislation being negotiated in Congress. During a media availability in the White House, the group gave quick views of how they want DACA crafted.

You can watch the exchange below. (Video provided by C-SPAN)

Mullin: Putting America First

By Congressman Markwayne Mullin

Recently, President Trump announced he would stop foreign aid to Pakistan.  I fully support his initiative because it is as simple as this: countries that do not share our goal of ending global terrorism should never receive funding from the United States government.  As a country that has encouraged and cultivated terrorism within its own borders, Pakistan has no place receiving billions of dollars in U.S. aid as we continue to fight the War on Terror in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

Similarly, the United States is the single, greatest contributor to the United Nations each year.  American taxpayers are on the hook for 22 percent of the United Nations’ general budget and more than 28 percent of the organization’s peacekeeping missions.  This international body, who recently held a vote to reprimand the United States for its decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, is the very same organization that requires the United States to pay billions each year for its operations and peacekeeping missions.  We recognize the importance our contributions have had on the United Nations, but our generosity should not be taken for granted.  I commend the President and Ambassador Haley for their strong and principled stance in support of Israel.

The United States will never abandon its allies in their time of need.  But for far too long, the United States has put its own well-being on hold in order to send resources and military troops to foreign countries.  We should not be sending money we do not have to people who do not support us.  The United States government should never forget that its responsibility is, first and foremost, to the American people.  It is high time that our government leaders put America first and I am grateful to President Trump for his bold efforts to do exactly that.

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