Good Government

U.S. Supreme Court’s liquor license ruling will impact Oklahoma

In a decision that will have repercussions in Oklahoma, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Tennessee law on Wednesday that imposed residency requirements for retail liquor licenses.

Ray Carter
June 26, 2019
Budget & Tax, Good Government

LOFT may be used more by watchdogs than lawmakers

This year, lawmakers created the Legislative Office of Fiscal Transparency (LOFT), which will audit agency budgets and evaluate the effectiveness of state programs and services, issuing published reports of resulting conclusions.

Supporters say the office will lead to better legislative oversight and more efficient use of taxpayer dollars. But officials in other states with similar programs say private-sector watchdogs, rather than politicians, often make better use of the resulting data.

Ray Carter
May 31, 2019
Good Government

Lawmakers cite constitutional problems with Ethics Commission regulations

Members of the Oklahoma Senate overwhelmingly rejected proposed Oklahoma Ethics Commission rules on Friday, saying the regulations violated constitutional rights.

Ray Carter
May 17, 2019
Good Government

Mazzei nomination advances after defense of tax cuts, savings

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the nomination of former Sen. Mike Mazzei to serve as Gov. Kevin Stitt’s cabinet secretary of budget, less than a week after that appointment appeared in jeopardy.

Ray Carter
May 13, 2019
Good Government

Don’t let the state dox its citizens

The reason we need rules against doxing is obvious. People post this information for only one reason: to facilitate violence and harassment.

Greg Forster
April 26, 2019
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