Thousands of Oklahomans who have access to health care through Insure Oklahoma will lose that coverage at the end of 2013. Two state lawmakers say that deadline means the Legislature can’t wait until the 2014 session to address the issue. The state was notified in May that federal funding for Insure Oklahoma would end as of December 31, 2013, unless changes were made to the program as mandated by the Affordable Care Act. Sen. Brian Crain, R-Tulsa, and Rep. Doug Cox, M.D., R-Grove, said the pending loss of insurance coverage for 30,000 Oklahomans should be addressed in a special session. read more.
Sen. Patrick Anderson, Chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Select Agencies, today announced the release of a report on the committee’s activities in the 2013 legislative session. Senate leadership this year reinstituted the committee, which had been dormant for many sessions.
“Our committee spent three months meeting with the 42 non-appropriated state agencies that Senate leadership asked us to review. I appreciate the time the agency employees, committee members and committee staff put into this project. It was certainly worth the time spent.read more.
After seeing recent media coverage of the discovery of long-lost light fixtures from the Senate chamber, a Norman man finally understood the significance of the large floor lamp he had been storing in his barn.
Coy Green said he purchased the lamp at an Oklahoma City swap meet approximately 40 years ago for about $25. When Green saw a picture of the Senate chamber in 1918, along with a story about the discovery, he knew he had something special. On Tuesday, Green delivered the lamp to the state Senate.