A seriously flawed revenue bill just passed the House with barely a majority. Several Republicans opposed it, as did all the Democrats. But the last 3 supporters seem to have been cajoled by some unusual techniques we aren't allowed to view in the chamber's webcasts.
When only the rollcall screen is visible, and all microphones are silenced, the presiding officer seemed to stay silent and leave the voting open.
That's when Representatives Michael Rogers, Mark Lepak, and Rhonda Baker switched, one-by-one; to 'yes' votes. All three of them were 'no' votes for at least 5 minutes prior to that 'epiphany'.
But that wasn't the biggest switch on this bill. Even though Majority Floor Leader, Jon Echols, said he "didn't know why" there's an emergency attached to this issue (supposedly simplifying the excise fees associated with buying a car),
He none-the-less called for a vote on the 'emergency'. Clearly the emergency is a revenue shortage for the July 1st budget year. So this emergency would rush the effective date to July 1st.
On the 'emergency' another 19 Republicans agreed that a bill they originally opposed... needs to be enacted right away!
House Committee rejects bill to cut spending on non-essential trinkets and swag
Currently, the legislature gives about $1 BILLION dollars a year over to the state's 20 university systems. That accounts for about 1/3 of the universities' official spending. Top notch private universities in Oklahoma charge full time students about $40k per year. The big state universities could still operate at current education levels of operation by bringing student tuition to market-driven prices of $30k.
This is the end of a chapter, but I am interested in seeing good come out of this. Tulsa needs to learn. The citizens, the cops, the prosecutors; we all have things we can learn from this to make Tulsa a better home town.