Rep. Josh Cockroft is just another in a long & growing list of lawmakers who are opting out of the legislature.
Today, Cockroft issued a press release to express his desire to focus on his ministry and other pursuits.
This past year has taken a big toll on many in the legislature. the failures of leadership to follow constitutional law resulted in a special session to seek to restore the mandated balanced budget.
Gov. Fallin compounded the problems when she unexpectedly vetoed much of the funding in the first special session, and then called a 2nd special session, which continues to this day.
The problems were made worse by the actions of the legislative compensation board which decided to cut the pay of the legislature by a significant amount, effective after the next general elections.
House Republicans have had a massive supermajority, but severe infighting has exploded in the caucus. The House Platform Caucus has been targeted for retributions and open calls on the house floor, because they hold to party principles including fiscal restraint and a call for aggressive performance audits of the state agencies, before any funding increases.
Many funding and reform initiatives of the Platform Caucus are being stifled by Republican leadership.