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Legislative scorecard: Updated bill watch list 5.16.16

Below please find an updated list of bills OCPA Impact is watching for potential use in the legislative scorecard we will release following Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session.

OCPA Impact’s scorecard will focus on legislation related to broad-base issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government, and federalism.

We intend to send an updated watch list to legislators whenever changes are made to the list. We also intend to track and score committee and floor votes on bills included in the final scorecard. [For more on OCPA Impact’s scorecard of how legislators voted in Oklahoma’s 2015 session, click here.]

OCPA Impact legislative scorecard – bill watch list 5.16.16

SB 18 – Loveless – SUPPORT

SB 68 – Holt – Authorizing authority for new municipal charter schools – WATCH

SB 127 – David – Appointment of Oklahoma Health Care Authority director – SUPPORT

SB 298 – Quinn/Mulready – Unclaimed property fund – WATCH

SB 383 – Bice – Alcohol sales modernization – SUPPORT (all votes after 3/10)

SB 609 – Jolley – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 624 – Griffin – Eliminate income tax for classroom teachers – SUPPORT

SB 838 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 883 – Mazzei/Denney – WATCH

SB 920 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 977 – Mazzei – Moratorium of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1073 – Mazzei – Cancel Jan. 1, 2016, income tax rate reduction – OPPOSE

SB 1137 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1171 – Standridge – Utilize Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund – WATCH

SB 1181 – Loveless – Public school districts fiscal report card – SUPPORT

SB 1187 – Jolley/Hickman – Public school deregulation – SUPPORT

SB 1189 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1190 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1191 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1280 – Loveless – Direct family tax credit; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1298 – Dahm – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

SB 1324 – Treat – Limiting funding for prekindergarten education programs – WATCH

SB 1384 – Ford – Public school district consolidation – WATCH

SB 1401 – Dahm – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1422 – Griffin – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

SB 1425 – Dahm – Re-certification of public-sector employee unions – SUPPORT

SB 1487 – Newberry – Teacher pay raise – WATCH

SB 1500 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SB 1502 – David – Medicaid eligibility verification – WATCH

SB 1504 – Standridge – Welfare benefits reform – WATCH

SB 1606 – Elimination of “double deduction” ($97 million income tax increase) – OPPOSE (all votes after 5/15)

SJR 41 – Holt – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 56 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SJR 68 – Jolley – Alcohol sales modernization – SUPPORT (all votes after 2/29)

SJR 72 – Standridge/Jordan – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 73 – Brecheen – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HB 1440 – Caldwell – School board term limits – SUPPORT

HB 1581 – Park – Federal funds transparency – WATCH

HB 1696 – Nelson/Holt – Charter school expansion – SUPPORT

HB 1747 – Newell/Schulz – Rural opportunity zones – SUPPORT

HB 1748 – Newell/Treat – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 1802 (FA 2) – Morrissette – Negating previously established protections against excessive local restrictions on energy production – OPPOSE

HB 2003 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 2199 – Calvey – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 2472 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2474 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2475 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2478 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2479 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2692 – Brumbaugh – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 2693 – Sears – Directing more public education dollars to classrooms – WATCH

HB 2751 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2803 – “Medicaid Rebalancing” plan, i.e., Medicaid expansion – OPPOSE

HB 2818 – Denney/Smalley – WATCH

HB 2824 – Denney – Consolidate dependent public school districts – WATCH

HB 2838 – Echols – Savings accounts for disabled Oklahomans – WATCH

HB 2839 – Echols – Cost-of-living adjustments – WATCH

HB 2864 – Christian – Public safety – WATCH

HB 2927 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for leave time – WATCH

HB 2928 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for sick time – WATCH

HB 2947 – Henke – Regulation of parental education choice programs – OPPOSE

HB 2949 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3055 – Newell – School board recall elections – SUPPORT

HB 3059 – Newell – Affecting alcohol licenses for movie theaters – WATCH

HB 3060 – Newell – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

HB 3061 – Newell – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 3065 – Newell – WATCH

HB 3066 – Newell – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 3067 – Newell – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3068 – Newell – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 3102 – Caldwell – Increases classroom hours for adjunct teachers – WATCH

HB 3129 – Cockroft – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

HB 3162 – Hickman – Judicial Nominating Commission – WATCH

HB 3208 – License plate fee – OPPOSE

HB 3210 – Cigarette tax increase – OPPOSE

HJR 1036 – Jordan/Standridge – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HJR 1037 – Calvey – Elect state Supreme Court justices – WATCH

HJR 1058 – Cox – Cigarette tax increase – OPPOSE

HJR 1061 – Nelson – Judicial nomination reform – WATCH

HJR 1062 – Grau – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

Legislative scorecard: Updated bill watch list 5.9.16

Below please find an updated list of bills OCPA Impact is watching for potential use in the legislative scorecard we will release following Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session.

OCPA Impact’s scorecard will focus on legislation related to broad-base issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government, and federalism.

We intend to send an updated watch list to legislators whenever changes are made to the list. We also intend to track and score committee and floor votes on bills included in the final scorecard. [For more on OCPA Impact’s scorecard of how legislators voted in Oklahoma’s 2015 session, click here.]

OCPA Impact legislative scorecard – bill watch list 5.9.16

SB 18 – Loveless – SUPPORT

SB 68 – Holt – Authorizing authority for new municipal charter schools – WATCH

SB 127 – David – Appointment of Oklahoma Health Care Authority director – SUPPORT

SB 298 – Quinn/Mulready – Unclaimed property fund – WATCH

SB 383 – Bice – Alcohol sales modernization – SUPPORT (all votes after 3/10)

SB 609 – Jolley – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 624 – Griffin – Eliminate income tax for classroom teachers – SUPPORT

SB 838 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 883 – Mazzei/Denney – WATCH

SB 920 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 977 – Mazzei – Moratorium of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1073 – Mazzei – Cancel Jan. 1, 2016, income tax rate reduction – OPPOSE

SB 1137 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1171 – Standridge – Utilize Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund – WATCH

SB 1181 – Loveless – Public school districts fiscal report card – SUPPORT

SB 1187 – Jolley/Hickman – Public school deregulation – SUPPORT

SB 1189 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1190 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1191 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1280 – Loveless – Direct family tax credit; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1298 – Dahm – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

SB 1324 – Treat – Limiting funding for prekindergarten education programs – WATCH

SB 1384 – Ford – Public school district consolidation – WATCH

SB 1401 – Dahm – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1422 – Griffin – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

SB 1425 – Dahm – Re-certification of public-sector employee unions – SUPPORT

SB 1487 – Newberry – Teacher pay raise – WATCH

SB 1500 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SB 1502 – David – Medicaid eligibility verification – WATCH

SB 1504 – Standridge – Welfare benefits reform – WATCH

SJR 41 – Holt – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 56 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SJR 68 – Jolley – Alcohol sales modernization – SUPPORT (all votes after 2/29)

SJR 72 – Standridge/Jordan – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 73 – Brecheen – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HB 1440 – Caldwell – School board term limits – SUPPORT

HB 1581 – Park – Federal funds transparency – WATCH

HB 1696 – Nelson/Holt – Charter school expansion – SUPPORT

HB 1747 – Newell/Schulz – Rural opportunity zones – SUPPORT

HB 1748 – Newell/Treat – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 1802 (FA 2) – Morrissette – Negating previously established protections against excessive local restrictions on energy production – OPPOSE

HB 2003 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 2199 – Calvey – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 2472 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2474 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2475 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2478 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2479 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2692 – Brumbaugh – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 2693 – Sears – Directing more public education dollars to classrooms – WATCH

HB 2751 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2803 – “Medicaid Rebalancing” plan, i.e., Medicaid expansion – OPPOSE

HB 2818 – Denney/Smalley – WATCH

HB 2824 – Denney – Consolidate dependent public school districts – WATCH

HB 2838 – Echols – Savings accounts for disabled Oklahomans – WATCH

HB 2839 – Echols – Cost-of-living adjustments – WATCH

HB 2864 – Christian – Public safety – WATCH

HB 2927 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for leave time – WATCH

HB 2928 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for sick time – WATCH

HB 2947 – Henke – Regulation of parental education choice programs – OPPOSE

HB 2949 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3055 – Newell – School board recall elections – SUPPORT

HB 3059 – Newell – Affecting alcohol licenses for movie theaters – WATCH

HB 3060 – Newell – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

HB 3061 – Newell – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 3065 – Newell – WATCH

HB 3066 – Newell – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 3067 – Newell – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3068 – Newell – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 3102 – Caldwell – Increases classroom hours for adjunct teachers – WATCH

HB 3129 – Cockroft – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

HB 3162 – Hickman – Judicial Nominating Commission – WATCH

HJR 1036 – Jordan/Standridge – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HJR 1037 – Calvey – Elect state Supreme Court justices – WATCH

HJR 1058 – Cox – Cigarette tax increase – OPPOSE

HJR 1061 – Nelson – Judicial nomination reform – WATCH

HJR 1062 – Grau – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

OCPA Impact offers updated plan for Oklahoma teacher pay raise with no tax increases

On Thursday, April 21, Univ. of Oklahoma President David Boren delivered 308,000 signatures to the Oklahoma Capitol to put on the ballot his proposal, which would increase Oklahoma’s sales tax burden to #1 in the U.S. in order to fund teacher pay raises and increase other government spending.

Once again, OCPA Impact stood up to offer another path: Oklahoma lawmakers need to increase teacher pay in this 2016 legislative session, without increasing taxes.

The same day as President Boren’s signature delivery, we released a new, updated plan featuring $753 million in options for providing the $245 million necessary to give every Oklahoma public school classroom teacher a $5,000 pay raise.

To provide the teacher pay raise, lawmakers only need to utilize one-third of the options presented in our plan. To read our plan for a teacher pay raise without a tax increase, click here!

Media coverage of the dual announcements by President Boren and OCPA Impact included: KOKH Fox 25 (link), KOCO 5 News (link), The Oklahoman (link), KRMG radio/Associated Press (link), Enid News & Eagle/CNHI (link), KOSU radio (link) and NonDoc (link).

To date, OCPA Impact is the only group presenting a plan at the Oklahoma Capitol for a $5,000 teacher pay raise without raising taxes. With thousands of Oklahoma families having lost their jobs as oil prices have fallen, raising taxes is not the answer. Despite this, public education advocacy groups have endorsed the Boren tax increase 100%.

We are actively putting our plan for funding a teacher pay raise in the hands of lawmakers at the state Capitol and their constituents back home. Even with a $1.3 billion budget hole, it is very doable for lawmakers to pass a teacher pay raise by May 27, when the legislative session ends.

Re-branded, ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion still wrong for Oklahoma

A top priority for OCPA Impact has been for Oklahoma to hold firm on not implementing the optional expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act (“ObamaCare”).

To her credit, Gov. Mary Fallin has maintained Oklahoma will not adopt Medicaid expansion (link).

As pointed out by the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (link), Medicaid expansion would cost Oklahoma taxpayers hundreds of millions in additional dollars, as thousands of able-bodied, childless adults with income under 133% of the federal poverty level would be added to this federal entitlement.

Unlike most federal entitlements, Medicaid, while funded in part by the federal government, is primarily administered by state governments.

A recent piece in the Wall Street Journal (link) is a stark reminder that states that have accepted the ACA’s Medicaid expansion to increase enrollments have seen billions of dollars in unanticipated cost overruns.

Now, state government bureaucrats in Oklahoma want to use the current $1.3 billion state government budget shortfall as an excuse to squeeze in a re-branded version of the ACA’s Medicaid expansion (link).

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, the state’s Medicaid agency, is pushing what it calls its “Medicaid Rebalancing” plan. A proposed 150% tax increase on cigarettes (link), which OCPA Impact opposes (link), is intended to fund the plan.

In a recent Journal Record column (link), OCPA’s Jonathan Small stated that the OHCA’s “Rebalancing” plan is, in fact, ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion:

“With this attempt, OHCA bureaucrats have tried to box policymakers in by using a set of public relations tactics. First, the OHCA warned the Medicaid program may end. Then, the OHCA declared Medicaid (a taxpayer-funded entitlement program) the largest health insurer in the state. Then, the OHCA warned of cuts to the program, by way of provider cuts of 25 percent. Of course, the media ran with that story, stoking frenzy.”

More:

“Nearly 27 percent of Oklahomans were enrolled in the Medicaid program during the most recent fiscal year according to the OHCA. If they get their way with their plan, then nearly 33 percent of Oklahomans will have their health care paid for nearly in full by government. This wouldn’t even take into account Medicare.

“Without the ACA Medicaid expansion, Oklahoma’s spending on Medicaid has grown largely because of the number of people on the program and previous expansions proffered by OHCA.

“Now, to swindle policymakers into a proposal that will incentivize people to decrease work and drop private health care coverage to gain subsidies, OHCA bureaucrats say their plan should be tried because they will release some currently on the Medicaid program to the treacherous, federally funded Obamacare exchange.

More:

“Expanding government health care or welfare programs is bad policy and short-sighted whether oil is $100 a barrel or $30 a barrel. This is just a planted and dangerous distraction from lawmakers prioritizing spending in a tough budget year and providing the pay raise for teachers that they should by the end of this legislative session.”

Still, serious concerns exist about possible closures for health facilities located outside Oklahoma’s metro areas.

Unfortunately, the response from state bureaucrats has been to propose increasing the number of Oklahomans dependent on government for their health care and increasing our state’s dependency on federal dollars.

The OHCA’s “Rebalancing” plan is not intended to merely maintain Oklahoma’s current Medicaid levels. Rather, it would increase by at least 175,000 the number of Oklahomans enrolled in government-funded health care.

Thankfully, other routes are available. OCPA Impact has already helped successfully promote reforms, proven elsewhere — including in Florida and Louisiana — to reform Medicaid in Oklahoma. The goal should be to bring down the cost curve for taxpayers and increase sustainability without reducing quality of service for people eligible for the program.

OCPA Impact’s 2015 legislative scorecard (link) featured House Bill 1566, which Gov. Fallin signed into law to begin these reforms in Oklahoma. But the OHCA has been slow to implement the measure.

An additional option would be for Oklahoma lawmakers to use a portion of the investment earnings from the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) to provide stopgap funding for health facilities outside the metro areas that are truly in need in Oklahoma’s current economic climate.

OCPA Impact will continue working to help keep ObamaCare’s costly Medicaid expansion out of Oklahoma.

Legislative scorecard: Updated bill watch list 3.10.16

Below please find an updated list of bills OCPA Impact is watching for potential use in the legislative scorecard we will release following Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session.

OCPA Impact’s scorecard will focus on legislation related to broad-base issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government, and federalism.

We intend to send an updated watch list to legislators whenever changes are made to the list. We also intend to track and score committee and floor votes on bills included in the final scorecard. [For more on OCPA Impact’s scorecard of how legislators voted in Oklahoma’s 2015 session, click here.]

OCPA Impact legislative scorecard – bill watch list 3.10.16

SB 18 – Loveless – SUPPORT

SB 68 – Holt – Authorizing authority for new municipal charter schools – WATCH

SB 127 – David – Appointment of Oklahoma Health Care Authority director – SUPPORT

SB 298 – Quinn/Mulready – Unclaimed property fund – WATCH

SB 383 – Bice – Alcohol sales modernization – SUPPORT (all votes after 3/10)

SB 609 – Jolley – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 624 – Griffin – Eliminate income tax for classroom teachers – SUPPORT

SB 838 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 883 – Mazzei/Denney – WATCH

SB 920 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 977 – Mazzei – Moratorium of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1073 – Mazzei – Cancel Jan. 1, 2016, income tax rate reduction – OPPOSE

SB 1137 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1171 – Standridge – Utilize Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund – WATCH

SB 1181 – Loveless – Public school districts fiscal report card – SUPPORT

SB 1187 – Jolley/Hickman – Public school deregulation – SUPPORT

SB 1189 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1190 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1191 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1280 – Loveless – Direct family tax credit; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1298 – Dahm – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

SB 1324 – Treat – Limiting funding for prekindergarten education programs – WATCH

SB 1384 – Ford – Public school district consolidation – WATCH

SB 1401 – Dahm – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1422 – Griffin – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

SB 1425 – Dahm – Re-certification of public-sector employee unions – SUPPORT

SB 1487 – Newberry – Teacher pay raise – WATCH

SB 1500 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SB 1502 – David – Medicaid eligibility verification – WATCH

SB 1504 – Standridge – Welfare benefits reform – WATCH

SJR 41 – Holt – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 56 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SJR 68 – Jolley – Alcohol sales modernization – SUPPORT (all votes after 2/29)

SJR 72 – Standridge/Jordan – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 73 – Brecheen – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HB 1440 – Caldwell – School board term limits – SUPPORT

HB 1581 – Park – Federal funds transparency – WATCH

HB 1696 – Nelson/Holt – Charter school expansion – SUPPORT

HB 1747 – Newell/Schulz – Rural opportunity zones – SUPPORT

HB 1748 – Newell/Treat – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 1802 (FA 2) – Morrissette – Negating previously established protections against excessive local restrictions on energy production – OPPOSE

HB 2003 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 2199 – Calvey – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 2472 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2474 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2475 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2478 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2479 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2692 – Brumbaugh – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 2693 – Sears – Directing more public education dollars to classrooms – WATCH

HB 2751 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2818 – Denney/Smalley – WATCH

HB 2824 – Denney – Consolidate dependent public school districts – WATCH

HB 2838 – Echols – Savings accounts for disabled Oklahomans – WATCH

HB 2839 – Echols – Cost-of-living adjustments – WATCH

HB 2864 – Christian – Public safety – WATCH

HB 2927 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for leave time – WATCH

HB 2928 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for sick time – WATCH

HB 2947 – Henke – Regulation of parental education choice programs – OPPOSE

HB 2949 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3055 – Newell – School board recall elections – SUPPORT

HB 3059 – Newell – Affecting alcohol licenses for movie theaters – WATCH

HB 3060 – Newell – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

HB 3061 – Newell – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 3065 – Newell – WATCH

HB 3066 – Newell – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 3067 – Newell – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3068 – Newell – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 3102 – Caldwell – Increases classroom hours for adjunct teachers – WATCH

HB 3129 – Cockroft – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

HB 3162 – Hickman – Judicial Nominating Commission – WATCH

HJR 1036 – Jordan/Standridge – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HJR 1037 – Calvey – Elect state Supreme Court justices – WATCH

HJR 1058 – Cox – Cigarette tax increase – OPPOSE

HJR 1061 – Nelson – Judicial nomination reform – WATCH

HJR 1062 – Grau – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

Legislative scorecard: Updated bill watch list 2.22.16

Below please find an updated list of bills OCPA Impact is watching for potential use in the legislative scorecard we will release following Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session.

OCPA Impact’s scorecard will focus on legislation related to broad-base issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government, and federalism.

We intend to send an updated watch list to legislators whenever changes are made to the list. We also intend to track and score committee and floor votes on bills included in the final scorecard. [For more on OCPA Impact’s scorecard of how legislators voted in Oklahoma’s 2015 session, please click here.]

To search for more info on any of these bills, click here.

OCPA Impact legislative scorecard – bill watch list 2.22.16

SB 18 – Loveless – SUPPORT

SB 68 – Holt – Authorizing authority for new municipal charter schools – WATCH

SB 127 – David – Appointment of Oklahoma Health Care Authority director – SUPPORT

SB 298 – Quinn/Mulready – Unclaimed property fund – WATCH

SB 383 – Bice – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

SB 609 – Jolley – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 624 – Griffin – Eliminate income tax for classroom teachers – SUPPORT

SB 838 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 883 – Mazzei/Denney – WATCH

SB 920 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 977 – Mazzei – Moratorium of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1073 – Mazzei – Cancel Jan. 1, 2016, income tax rate reduction – OPPOSE

SB 1137 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1171 – Standridge – Utilize Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund – WATCH

SB 1181 – Loveless – Public school districts fiscal report card – SUPPORT

SB 1189 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1190 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1191 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1280 – Loveless – Direct family tax credit; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1298 – Dahm – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

SB 1324 – Treat – Limiting funding for prekindergarten education programs – WATCH

SB 1384 – Ford – Public school district consolidation – WATCH

SB 1401 – Dahm – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1422 – Griffin – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

SB 1425 – Dahm – Re-certification of public-sector employee unions – SUPPORT

SB 1487 – Newberry – Teacher pay raise – WATCH

SB 1500 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SB 1502 – David – Medicaid eligibility verification – WATCH

SB 1504 – Standridge – Welfare benefits reform – WATCH

SJR 41 – Holt – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 56 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SJR 68 – Jolley – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

SJR 72 – Standridge/Jordan – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 73 – Brecheen – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HB 1440 – Caldwell – School board term limits – SUPPORT

HB 1581 – Park – Federal funds transparency – WATCH

HB 1696 – Nelson/Holt – Charter school expansion – SUPPORT

HB 1747 – Newell/Schulz – Rural opportunity zones – SUPPORT

HB 1748 – Newell/Treat – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 2003 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 2199 – Calvey – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 2472 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2474 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2475 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2478 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2479 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2692 – Brumbaugh – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 2693 – Sears – Directing more public education dollars to classrooms – WATCH

HB 2751 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2818 – Denney/Smalley – WATCH

HB 2824 – Denney – Consolidate dependent public school districts – WATCH

HB 2838 – Echols – Savings accounts for disabled Oklahomans – WATCH

HB 2839 – Echols – Cost-of-living adjustments – WATCH

HB 2864 – Christian – Public safety – WATCH

HB 2927 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for leave time – WATCH

HB 2928 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for sick time – WATCH

HB 2947 – Henke – Regulation of parental education choice programs – OPPOSE

HB 2949 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3055 – Newell – School board recall elections – SUPPORT

HB 3059 – Newell – Affecting alcohol licenses for movie theaters – WATCH

HB 3060 – Newell – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

HB 3061 – Newell – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 3065 – Newell – WATCH

HB 3066 – Newell – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 3067 – Newell – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3068 – Newell – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 3102 – Caldwell – Increases classroom hours for adjunct teachers – WATCH

HB 3129 – Cockroft – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

HB 3162 – Hickman – Judicial Nominating Commission – WATCH

HJR 1036 – Jordan/Standridge – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HJR 1037 – Calvey – Elect state Supreme Court justices – WATCH

HJR 1058 – Cox – Cigarette tax increase – OPPOSE

HJR 1061 – Nelson – Judicial nomination reform – WATCH

HJR 1062 – Grau – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

Legislative scorecard: Updated bill watch list 2.16.16

Below please find an updated list of bills OCPA Impact is watching for potential use in the legislative scorecard we will release following Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session. Several bills have been added to the list.

OCPA Impact’s scorecard will focus on legislation related to broad-base issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government, and federalism.

We intend to notify legislators when bills are added to the watch list, prior to votes on those bills. We also intend to track and score committee and floor votes on bills included in the final scorecard. [For more on OCPA Impact’s scorecard of how legislators voted in Oklahoma’s 2015 session, please click here.]

To search for more info on any of these bills, click here.

OCPA Impact legislative scorecard – bill watch list 2.16.16

SB 18 – Loveless – SUPPORT

SB 68 – Holt – Authorizing authority for new municipal charter schools – WATCH

SB 127 – David – Appointment of Oklahoma Health Care Authority director – SUPPORT

SB 298 – Quinn/Mulready – Unclaimed property fund – WATCH

SB 383 – Bice – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

SB 609 – Jolley – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 624 – Griffin – Eliminate income tax for classroom teachers – SUPPORT

SB 838 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 920 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – WATCH

SB 977 – Mazzei – Moratorium of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1073 – Mazzei – Cancel Jan. 1, 2016, income tax rate reduction – OPPOSE

SB 1137 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – WATCH

SB 1171 – Standridge – Utilize Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund – WATCH

SB 1181 – Loveless – Public school districts fiscal report card – SUPPORT

SB 1189 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1190 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1191 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1280 – Loveless – Direct family tax credit; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1298 – Dahm – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

SB 1324 – Treat – Limiting funding for prekindergarten education programs – WATCH

SB 1384 – Ford – Public school district consolidation – WATCH

SB 1401 – Dahm – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1422 – Griffin – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

SB 1425 – Dahm – Re-certification of public-sector employee unions – SUPPORT

SB 1487 – Newberry – Teacher pay raise – WATCH

SB 1500 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SB 1502 – David – Medicaid eligibility verification – WATCH

SB 1504 – Standridge – Welfare benefits reform – WATCH

SJR 41 – Holt – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 56 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SJR 68 – Jolley – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

SJR 72 – Standridge/Jordan – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 73 – Brecheen – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HB 1440 – Caldwell – School board term limits – SUPPORT

HB 1581 – Park – Federal funds transparency – WATCH

HB 1696 – Nelson/Holt – Charter school expansion – SUPPORT

HB 1747 – Newell/Schulz – Rural opportunity zones – SUPPORT

HB 1748 – Newell/Treat – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 2003 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 2199 – Calvey – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 2472 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2474 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2475 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2478 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2479 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2692 – Brumbaugh – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 2693 – Sears – Directing more public education dollars to classrooms – WATCH

HB 2751 – Peterson – Criminal justice reform – WATCH

HB 2824 – Denney – Consolidate dependent public school districts – WATCH

HB 2838 – Echols – Savings accounts for disabled Oklahomans – WATCH

HB 2839 – Echols – Cost-of-living adjustments – WATCH

HB 2864 – Christian – Public safety – WATCH

HB 2927 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for leave time – WATCH

HB 2928 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for sick time – WATCH

HB 2947 – Henke – Regulation of parental education choice programs – WATCH

HB 2949 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3055 – Newell – School board recall elections – SUPPORT

HB 3059 – Newell – Affecting alcohol licenses for movie theaters – WATCH

HB 3060 – Newell – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

HB 3061 – Newell – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 3065 – Newell – WATCH

HB 3066 – Newell – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 3067 – Newell – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3068 – Newell – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 3102 – Caldwell – Increases classroom hours for adjunct teachers – WATCH

HB 3129 – Cockroft – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

HB 3162 – Hickman – Judicial Nominating Commission – WATCH

HJR 1036 – Jordan/Standridge – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HJR 1037 – Calvey – Elect state Supreme Court justices – WATCH

HJR 1058 – Cox – Cigarette tax increase – OPPOSE

HJR 1061 – Nelson – Judicial nomination reform – WATCH

HJR 1062 – Grau – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

Legislative scorecard: Updated bill watch list 2.14.2016

Below please find an updated list of bills OCPA Impact is watching for potential use in the legislative scorecard we will release following Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session. Several bills have been added to the list.

OCPA Impact’s scorecard will focus on legislation related to broad-base issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government, and federalism.

We intend to notify legislators when bills are added to the watch list, prior to votes on those bills. We also intend to track and score committee and floor votes on bills included in the final scorecard. [For more on OCPA Impact’s scorecard of how legislators voted in Oklahoma’s 2015 session, please click here.]

To search for more info on any of these bills, please visit the Oklahoma Legislature’s bill search tool.

OCPA Impact legislative scorecard – bill watch list 2.8.2016

SB 18 – Loveless – SUPPORT

SB 68 – Holt – Authorizing authority for new municipal charter schools – WATCH

SB 127 – David – Appointment of Oklahoma Health Care Authority director – SUPPORT

SB 298 – Quinn/Mulready – Unclaimed property fund – WATCH

SB 383 – Bice – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

SB 609 – Jolley – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 624 – Griffin – Eliminate income tax for classroom teachers – SUPPORT

SB 838 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 920 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – WATCH

SB 977 – Mazzei – Moratorium of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – OPPOSE

SB 1137 – Brecheen – Sunset of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – WATCH

SB 1171 – Standridge – Utilize Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund – WATCH

SB 1181 – Loveless – Public school districts fiscal report card – SUPPORT

SB 1189 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1190 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1191 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – SUPPORT

SB 1280 – Loveless – Direct family tax credit; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1298 – Dahm – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

SB 1324 – Treat – Limiting funding for prekindergarten education programs – WATCH

SB 1384 – Ford – Public school district consolidation – WATCH

SB 1401 – Dahm – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1422 – Griffin – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

SB 1425 – Dahm – Re-certification of public-sector employee unions – SUPPORT

SB 1487 – Newberry – Teacher pay raise – WATCH

SB 1500 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SB 1502 – David – Medicaid eligibility verification – WATCH

SB 1504 – Standridge – Welfare benefits reform – WATCH

SJR 41 – Holt – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 56 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – OPPOSE

SJR 68 – Jolley – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

SJR 72 – Standridge/Jordan – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

SJR 73 – Brecheen – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HB 1440 – Caldwell – School board term limits – SUPPORT

HB 1581 – Park – Federal funds transparency – WATCH

HB 1696 – Nelson/Holt – Charter school expansion – SUPPORT

HB 1747 – Newell/Schulz – Rural opportunity zones – SUPPORT

HB 1748 – Newell/Treat – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 2003 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 2199 – Calvey – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 2692 – Brumbaugh – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 2693 – Sears – Directing more public education dollars to classrooms – WATCH

HB 2824 – Denney – Consolidate dependent public school districts – WATCH

HB 2838 – Echols – Savings accounts for disabled Oklahomans – WATCH

HB 2839 – Echols – Cost-of-living adjustments – WATCH

HB 2864 – Christian – Public safety – WATCH

HB 2927 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for leave time – WATCH

HB 2928 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for sick time – WATCH

HB 2947 – Henke – Regulation of parental education choice programs – WATCH

HB 2949 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3055 – Newell – School board recall elections – SUPPORT

HB 3059 – Newell – Affecting alcohol licenses for movie theaters – WATCH

HB 3060 – Newell – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

HB 3061 – Newell – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 3065 – Newell – WATCH

HB 3066 – Newell – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 3067 – Newell – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3068 – Newell – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 3102 – Caldwell – Increases classroom hours for adjunct teachers – WATCH

HB 3129 – Cockroft – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

HB 3162 – Hickman – Judicial Nominating Commission – WATCH

HJR 1036 – Jordan/Standridge – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

HJR 1037 – Calvey – Elect state Supreme Court justices – WATCH

HJR 1058 – Cox – Cigarette tax increase – OPPOSE

HJR 1061 – Nelson – Judicial nomination reform – WATCH

HJR 1062 – Grau – Repeal of Blaine Amendment – WATCH

Legislative scorecard: Initial bill watch list 2.8.2016

Below please find the initial list of bills OCPA Impact is watching for potential use in the legislative scorecard we will release following Oklahoma’s 2016 legislative session.

OCPA Impact’s scorecard will focus on legislation related to broad-base issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government, and federalism.

We intend to notify legislators when bills are added or removed from the watch list, prior to votes on those bills. We also intend to track and score committee and floor votes on bills included in the final scorecard. [For more on OCPA Impact’s scorecard of how legislators voted in Oklahoma’s 2015 session, please click here.]

To search for more info on any of these bills, please visit the Oklahoma Legislature’s bill search tool.

OCPA Impact legislative scorecard — bill watch list 2.8.2016

SB 68 – Holt – Authorizing authority for new municipal charter schools – WATCH

SB 127 – David – Appointment of Oklahoma Health Care Authority director – SUPPORT

SB 383 – Bice – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

SB 609 – Jolley – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 624 – Griffin – Eliminate income tax for classroom teachers – SUPPORT

SB 838 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – WATCH

SB 920 – Brecheen – Sunsets Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – WATCH

SB 977 – Mazzei – Moratorium of Equal Opportunity Education Scholarship – WATCH

SB 1171 – Standridge – Utilize Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund – WATCH

SB 1181 – Loveless – Public school districts fiscal report card – SUPPORT

SB 1189 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – WATCH

SB 1190 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – WATCH

SB 1191 – Loveless – Civil asset forfeiture reform – WATCH

SB 1280 – Loveless – Direct family tax credit; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1298 – Dahm – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

SB 1324 – Treat – Limiting funding for prekindergarten education programs – WATCH

SB 1384 – Ford – Public school district consolidation – WATCH

SB 1401 – Dahm – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

SB 1422 – Griffin – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

SB 1425 – Dahm – Re-certification of public-sector employee unions – SUPPORT

SB 1487 – Newberry – Teacher pay raise – WATCH

SB 1500 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – WATCH

SB 1502 – David – Medicaid eligibility verification – WATCH

SB 1504 – Standridge – Welfare benefits reform – WATCH

SJR 56 – Standridge – Medicaid reform rollback – WATCH

SJR 68 – Jolley – Alcohol sales modernization – WATCH

HB 1440 – Caldwell – School board term limits – SUPPORT

HB 1581 – Park – Federal funds transparency – WATCH

HB 1696 – Nelson/Holt – Charter school expansion – SUPPORT

HB 1747 – Newell/Schulz – Rural opportunity zones – SUPPORT

HB 1748 – Newell/Treat – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 2003 – Nelson – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 2004 – Nelson – Adjustments to special-needs scholarship – WATCH

HB 2199 – Calvey – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 2692 – Brumbaugh – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 2693 – Sears – Directing more public education dollars to classrooms – WATCH

HB 2824 – Denney – Consolidate dependent public school districts – WATCH

HB 2838 – Echols – Savings accounts for disabled Oklahomans – WATCH

HB 2839 – Echols – Cost-of-living adjustments – WATCH

HB 2927 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for leave time – WATCH

HB 2928 – Dunnington – Employer requirements for sick time – WATCH

HB 2947 – Henke – Regulation of parental education choice programs – WATCH

HB 3055 – Newell – School board recall elections – SUPPORT

HB 3059 – Newell – Affecting alcohol licenses for movie theaters – WATCH

HB 3060 – Newell – Adjusting qualifications for public school superintendents – SUPPORT

HB 3061 – Newell – Right-to-work for attorneys – WATCH

HB 3066 – Newell – Income tax rate reduction – SUPPORT

HB 3067 – Newell – Education savings accounts; parental education choice – SUPPORT

HB 3068 – Newell – Federal funds transparency – SUPPORT

HB 3102 – Caldwell – Increases classroom hours for adjunct teachers – WATCH

HB 3129 – Cockroft – Teacher pay raise – SUPPORT

HB 3162 – Hickman – Judicial Nominating Commission – WATCH

HJR 1037 – Calvey – Elect state Supreme Court justices – WATCH

HJR 1058 – Cox – Cigarette tax increase – WATCH

HJR 1061 – Nelson – Judicial nomination reform – WATCH

Statement on Court’s ruling on Boren tax ballot petition

On Jan. 12, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled on OCPA Impact’s constitutional challenge of Initiative Petition 403, Univ. of Oklahoma President David Boren’s proposed “penny tax” ballot measure. That same day, Dave Bond, CEO of OCPA Impact, released the following statement:

“In the coming months, we will continue our effort to prevent the Boren tax increase, making sure all Oklahomans understand the Boren proposal would force them to pay the highest sales tax burden in the nation, and nearly half the money from the tax increase would never go to teachers.

“We’ll also work during the legislative session, which is about to begin, to advance an alternative option for funding real pay raises for every teacher in Oklahoma and hiring additional teachers to address the shortages many classrooms face across the state. This can be accomplished without teachers having to give up a portion of their pay raise because of a tax increase, and if the Legislature acts this session, teachers can start receiving the pay raise immediately, as opposed to next year.”

Learn more about the group’s alternative proposal for increasing teacher salaries at www.StopHigherTaxesOK.com.