Despite the warning that teachers will walk out and shut down much of Oklahoma’s public school system, early indicators are that many legislators aren’t budging on positions that led to a stalemate on a teacher pay hike. Oklahoma Watch contacted lawmakers on both sides.
Oklahoma continues to become a redder state. The state Election Board reported that as of Jan. 15, Republicans’ share of registered voters rose to 46.8 percent, while Democrats slipped to 38.2 percent.
A newly formed nonprofit group wants to change how Oklahoma creates legislative and congressional districts. Its proposal would replace the Legislature with an independent commission to draw boundaries.
From January to September legislators spent $462,315 in campaign donations on “officeholder expenses”. Some were questionable. This data shows a sampling of lawmaker spending on trips, meals and event tickets.
Lawmakers will likely return to the State Capitol sooner than expected after Gov. Mary Fallin’s shocking veto of most of a budget bill approved by the Legislature only hours earlier. GOP leaders condemned the veto; Fallin’s office hasn’t fired back.