Month: August 2022

A look at the winners (and losers) in runoff primaries for Oklahoma legislative seats (The Oklahoman)

By Carmen Forman

Aug 25, 2022

A Republican state senator from Kingfisher survived his reelection bid Tuesday as GOP voters across the state cast ballots in a handful of legislative runoff primary races.

Two-term state Sen. Darcy Jech fended off a primary challenge from the right by leaning on his legislative record and significant fundraising advantage.

Republican primary voters also rejected two controversial legislative candidates who had a history of making discriminatory remarks.

There were 11 state legislative races on Republican runoff ballots. There were no Democratic runoff primaries for legislative seats. Five legislative races were decided by Tuesday’s elections.

To read more about the August 23rd elections, visit The Oklahoman.

Oklahoma National Guard tuition program takes effect to boost recruitment – Sen. Kim David and Rep. Nicole Miller issue praise (The Oklahoma City Sentinel)

Oklahoma City – State leaders praised the positive impact of the Oklahoma National Guard Educational Assistance Act that went into effect July 1, providing a more affordable pathway for Oklahoma National Guard members to pursue a higher education.

Senator Kim David, R-Porter, and Representative Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, authored Senate Bill 1418 to help not only honor these heroes’ service but to help improve guard recruitment and retention.

The new program provides a tuition waiver for active Guard members to all Oklahoma colleges and universities, and also covers any mandatory and academic service fees.

“We’re so thankful to the men and women of our armed forces, especially those in the Oklahoma National Guard, who volunteer to serve their state and country outside of their normal careers. It takes a lot of courage and patriotism to voluntarily step up in times of crisis to help those in need in our state and around the world,” Sen. David said.

Read more at city-sentinel.com.

State budget agreement reached. Republicans prioritize savings, inflation relief, police, economy & more (Senate press release)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Historic state savings deposits and more money returned to taxpayers highlight the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget agreement, which also funds law enforcement at record levels, eliminates the years-long developmentally disabled services waiting list, fights federal overreach, and makes generational investments in economic development.

Legislative leaders on Tuesday announced plans to send the agreement, which continues to fund education at the highest levels in state history, to Gov. Kevin Stitt this week for approval.

Read more from the Senate press release. 

McCall Approves all Interim Study Requests (Quorum Call News)

McCall approves all interim study requests

(QC) House Speaker Charles McCall announced Friday he had approved all his members’ interim study requests.

The 82 study requests approved by McCall, R-Atoka, include eight proposed joint studies with senators:

• IS H22-002, Oklahoma Rural Development Through Industrial Hemp (cannabis) Production, requested by Rep. David Smith, R-McAlester; Rep. Scott Fetgatter, R-Okmulgee; Rep. Danny Williams, R-Seminole; Rep. John Waldron, D-Tulsa; Rep. Andy Fugate, D-Oklahoma City; Rep. Trish Ranson, D-Stillwater; Sen. Mark Allen, R-Spiro; Rep. Roland Pederson, R-Burlington; and Sen. Jo Anna Dossett, D-Tulsa. The study was assigned to the House Alcohol, Tobacco, and Controlled Substances Committee.

• IS H22-013, Open Meeting Act, requested by Rep. Daniel Pae, R-Lawton; Fugate; and Sen. Brent Howard, R-Altus. The study was assigned to the House Government Modernization Committee.

• IS H22-022, Impact of sex education in schools and the sexualization of minors, requested by Williams; Rep. Sherrie Conley, R-Newcastle; and Sen. David Bullard, R-Durant. The study was assigned to the House Common Education Committee.

• IS H22-030, Reduce and Eliminate Personal Income Tax, requested by Rep. Mark Lepak, R-Claremore. The study was assigned to the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

• IS H22-035, Public Infrastructure Districts (PIDS), requested by Rep. Terry O’Donnell, R-Catoosa; and Sen. John Haste, R-Broken Arrow. The study was assigned to the House Business and Commerce Committee.

• IS H22-037, Review funding for Oklahoma court system focusing on district courts, requested by Williams and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Roger Thompson. The study was assigned to the House Appropriations and Budget Committee.

• IS H22-047, Quality of life for women in Oklahoma, requested by Rep. Cynthia Roe, R-Lindsay; and Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan. The study was assigned to the House Public Health Committee. Garvin also received approval for IS S22-012, Making Oklahoma a Top Ten state for women, which was assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. [Editor’s Note; See related story, Interim study to focus on making Oklahoma a ‘Top 10 State’ for women]

• IS H22-056, Talent Attraction in Economic Development, requested by Rep. Nicole Miller, R-Edmond, and Garvin.

McCall said House committees will begin scheduling studies between August and November. Some similar studies may be combined at a later date, he added.

Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat approved 41 of his members’ 60 interim study requests.

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Date: 07/10/2022

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UCO Receives Supercomputer Donation from Tinker Air Force Base

UCO Receives Supercomputer Donation from Tinker Air Force Base

The University of Central Oklahoma College of Mathematics and Science, in coordination with Tinker Air Force Base (TAFB), is set to receive a Haise Supercomputer cluster through an Educational Partnership Agreement (EPA).

With the use of thePicture of Representatives from UCO and Tinker Air Force Base Haise Supercomputer cluster, TAFB has been able to advance the art of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing and cluster computing, which is a set of computers that work together and can be viewed as a single system.

The new supercomputer will be incorporated with UCO’s existing supercomputer cluster, known as Buddy, to expand computing capabilities for research and education across science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This includes engineering simulations, data science and artificial intelligence research, genomics and assisting the development of a new platform called Computing Oklahoma – a Python Platform for Education and Research (COPPER)

Read more about the Supercomputer here.

UCO Earns ‘Military Friendly’ Gold Designation

UCO Earns ‘Military Friendly’ Gold Designation

The University of Central Oklahoma has received national recognition for its commitment to military-connected students, according to Viqtory Media’s just-released 2022-23 Military Friendly Schools list. Central was named a gold-level Military Friendly School in the category of public universities with more than 10,000 students.

Military Friendly School Institutions earning this designation are evaluated based on academics, student retention, campus resources, flexibility, graduation rates, tuition assistance and job placement for military-connected students.

Read more here.

To view the complete list of 2022-23 Military Friendly School recipients, visit http://militaryfriendly.com