Oklahoma Slow to Adopt Changes to Ease Voting Laws

More than 60 legislative bills have been filed since 2015 that seek to make voting and registering to vote easier in the state. Ten passed, but the most significant one, allowing online voter registration, may not be in place for two to three more years.

A Look at the State Budget, Trim by Trim

The Legislature approved a fiscal 2018 appropriated budget totaling $6.9 billion, which is basically the same as last year’s. Among 68 agencies or entities listed, 53, or more than three-fourths, saw their budgets shaved or held flat.

Winners and Losers in the Battle Over the Budget

In one of the wildest sessions in recent memory, the state Legislature passed its 2018 budget and adjourned. The budget, which Gov. Mary Fallin is expected to sign, will have real-life ramifications for just about every state agency.

An oil derrick sits on the grounds of the Oklahoma Capitol.

Donations, Lobbying Reflect Influence of Oil and Gas Industry

Oil and gas companies, along with their trade groups, have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign donations to lawmakers over more than two years, with top Republican leaders at the forefront of budget talks taking in some of the largest amounts.