Openness & Transparency

Activist Alert:  Open Government Rule is a Top Priority on Feb 6th

It would seem to be a no brainer, that your representatives assigned to various committees would actually consider the bills brought before them. However, ask any activist involved for more than one cycle if you want to hear the war stories!

The House officially convenes on Monday, February 6, and their first order of business will be to adopt the rules which will govern how they operate for the session. On that day, a representative will propose the adoption of the “Open Government Rule,” which states, “A bill shall be heard and receive a vote in committee if the primary author requests it in writing; and a bill, having passed committee, shall be heard and receive a vote on the House floor if the primary author requests it in writing.”

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Just Ronda:  NO Excuses! Get ‘er done!

2016 is the year not just Oklahomans but American voters spoke loudly and clearly regarding the direction they want to see our state and country go. The 2016 election was a mandate to our elected officials that the time has come to get the job done. No more excuses!

Oklahoma has super majorities in the House and Senate as well as hold every elected statewide position, the people have spoken, “Get ‘er done!”

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Because You Asked…a voting guide for 2016

Many have asked me how I will be voting and if I have recommendations, so I’m sharing with you the organizations and people I value for their research and explanation of state questions as well as how I plan to vote November 8th. Let me preface this by saying, we need to think long and…

PSO’s Deception

  PSO vs The People:  Who’s Lying Now? PSO has claimed: Smart Meters Don’t Collect Personal Data And yet, on August 15, 2016, the Attorney General’s office sent a letter to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission instructing them to adopt rules protecting our personal privacy in the Electric Utility Rules (Chapter 35 of Title 165).  These rules…

OCPAC -  The Crook Behind the Curtain: Transparency

The bigger an operation, and the more resources it demands, the more closely we should supervise it for waste, fraud, and inefficiency. There is no bigger operation in our state than public education. Fortunately, the job is broken down into smaller operating units—school districts—making it easier for taxpayers at the local level to supervise.

Financial reports of revenues and expenditures for each district fund are routinely shared at monthly school board meetings. This legislative session, Sen. Gary Stanislawski (R-Tulsa) and Rep. Chuck Strohm (R-Jenks) proposed that these monthly financial statements be posted online for all to see within seven days after being presented to a local school board. The measure passed the Senate 40-2, but failed in a tie vote in the House 40-40. A Yes vote indicates that your legislator understands the importance of transparency.

Pay attention to the public servant behind the curtain! From the water boy to the head football coach, from the police officer to the governor, watch how they spend your money and manage your affairs. The people have spoken!

Read more from OCPAC Weekly Newsletter here >>>

Report from Ronda: A Summary of League of Women Voters SD 39 Forum

Thursday evening, June 9, the League of Women Voters held a public forum for Senate District 39 candidates at the OU Tulsa campus. Senate District 39 is currently held by term limited Brian Crain, which makes SD39 an open seat.

Three candidates participated in the forum – Dave Rader, Amanda Teegarden and Alan Staab, approximately 40-45 people attended the forum. The questions came from the audience, read by the moderator and the time keeper kept everything running smoothly. The League of Women Voters did a great job and a great service to our community by hosting this event.

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Senator Rand Paul Mic Drop on HR2576

Senator Paul objected to the passage of HR 2576. Senator Rand Paul is objecting because he believes lawmakers should read legislation before voting on it. This legislation is being unnecessarily rushed without an opportunity for review.

During a vote on HR 2576, Rand Paul took to the floor to voice his objections of not only the bill, but the way it was being pushed through without giving lawmakers ample time to read and understand it. (see Redstate for more of this article here >>> )

h/t Brent Sanders for find on fb

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Senator Rand Paul Mic Drop on HR2576