eCapitol

An Oklahoma-based company with corporate headquarters located in Oklahoma City, eCapitol launched as an online capitol news and information business in the early 1990's. eCapitol provides on-the-ground, politically-neutral reporting of capitol activity and ways for KGOU to follow legislation, track votes and analyze amendments in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Approves 80 Plus Interim Studies
5:45 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

House Speaker Approves Study Of Oklahoma's Execution Methods

Rep. Mike Christian
Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Legislators plan to look at alternatives to lethal injection as Oklahoma's method of execution during an interim study before lawmakers return for the 2015 session.

The study is among more than 80 that were formally approved on Friday by House Speaker Jeff Hickman, R-Fairview.

A total of 93 studies had been requested by House members. Sixty studies were approved individually and 22 requests were combined into 11 single studies. Hearings for the studies will be conducted by the standing committees to which they were assigned.

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Oklahoma News
6:53 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Aeronautics Commission Concerned About Legislature's Raid Of Their Fee-Based Fund

Credit P. Alejandro Díaz / Wikipedia Commons

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission members expressed concern about a $3 million withdrawal from the agency’s revolving fund by the Legislature. The agency’s revolving fund was one of several lawmakers tapped for funds to appropriate for fiscal year 2015.

Aeronautics Commission Executive Director Vic Bird noted the agency was the only one from which money was taken that does not receive appropriated funds. He said the general appropriations bill was drafted without input from the commission and the agency received no notice the money would be taken. 

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Education
7:13 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Full Supreme Court To Hear Common Core Challenge

Oklahoma's Supreme Court Justices
Credit Oklahoma State Courts Network

The full Supreme Court will hear arguments regarding the constitutionality of a new law that repealed Oklahoma's adoption of the Common Core curriculum standards and requires the state Board of Education to draft new standards that the Legislature would have the power to change as it sees fit.

The lawsuit was filed by a group of parents, teachers and members of the State Board of Education. The group's petition alleges that HB3399 is unconstitutional because of several reasons. The allegations are that the Oklahoma Constitution vests the State Board of Education with authority over the "supervision of instruction in the public schools" and that the Legislature has inserted itself into the legislation, and that the law violates the principal of separation of powers.

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Oklahoma News
6:57 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Federal Highway Funds To Oklahoma To Be Reduced Beginning August 1st

The James C. Nance Bridge between Lexington and Purcell, now repaired.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

Federal reimbursements to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and their counterparts in other states will be reduced beginning August 1 unless the Federal Highway Trust Fund receives an infusion of cash, ODOT Executive Director Mike Patterson told the Transportation Commission during its meeting Monday.

The department was informed July 1 that the U.S. Department of Transportation would begin taking a number of steps to address what U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Fox called the insolvency of the fund.

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Politics and Government
8:38 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Earthquake Insurance Sees Rise In Oklahoma, Gets More Attention

Credit Great Beyond / Flickr Creative Commons

The recent increase in earthquakes has been alarming citizens and legislators who are questioning the causes and also preparing for more, making earthquake insurance all the more prevalent.

Only a single bill pertaining particularly to earthquakes was filed during the 2014 session.

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Fees And Tuition
2:23 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Most Oklahoma Colleges And Universities Raise Tuition

The University of Oklahoma's tuition raise is lower than the state average, but it's still the most expensive university per credit hour in Oklahoma.
Credit Madeline Stebbins / KGOU

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education approved tuition and fee increases for 23 of 25 Oklahoma's colleges and universities. School presidents presented their proposed increases before the regents Wednesday.

The average percentage increase for undergraduate resident tuition and mandatory fees is 5.8 percent, according to data provided by the Regents.

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OHLAP
8:23 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Fallin-Led Panel Seeks Fix For Legislative Budget

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

A state board headed by Gov. Mary Fallin will decide how to handle a $7.9 million hiccup in the state budget that was approved by lawmakers for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The Oklahoma Board of Equalization will meet at 1 p.m. Thursday to discuss a recent opinion by Attorney General Scott Pruitt that says the Legislature's decision to divert about $7.9 million from a college scholarship program was unconstitutional. The diverted revenue was part of a $7.1 billion general appropriations bill that funds most state government functions for the fiscal year beginning July 1.

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Transportation
7:23 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Monday Earthquakes Prompt Bridge Inspections By ODOT

Credit David Overholt / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials said Monday due to the severity of some of Monday’s earthquakes in central Oklahoma, the department inspected bridges within a 5-mile radius looking for potential structural damage.

Four bridges were inspected Monday morning, said Brenda Perry, spokeswoman for ODOT. Bridges inspected include a bridge over Crutcho Creek, the bridge over Choctaw road and the bridge over the North Canadian River in Harrah. One bridge on state highway 66 was inspected near Luther, as well. 

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State Capitol
9:47 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Oklahoma Texting Ban Bill Will Come Back Next Session

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Several bills aimed at banning texting while driving have made their way partially through the Legislature each of the last five years but none have succeeded in making its way to Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk. 

At the forefront of those efforts, Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, who has been championing texting ban legislation for years, said Thursday she is hopeful a bill would make it through the process next session.

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Politics and Government
6:47 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Election Board Makes Oklahoma’s Electoral History Available Online

Charles N. Haskell, the first governor of Oklahoma.
Harris & Ewing Library of Congress

Results from state and federal elections dating back to statehood are now available on the State Election Board website, Secretary Paul Ziriax announced Thursday.

The website previously included results from recent elections, but the discovery of electronic files including detailed results from older elections allowed for the archive to be completed.

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